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UCF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors

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A Celebration of Innovation!

At the University of Central Florida, we celebrate innovation. We recognize that the discoveries made in our labs today will be the breakthrough solutions of tomorrow. To honor the men and women that are pursuing and sharing these discoveries, we opened a local chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. Through this chapter we also celebrate the leadership who foster and nurture innovation at UCF and within our local community.

What is the NAI?

The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

Invited 2018 Inductees

Inductee

College, Research Center or Company

Department

Ayman Abouraddy, Ph.D. Optics and Photonics N/A
Linan An, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Materials Science and Engineering
Randy Berridge* Florida High Tech Corridor Council N/A
Ratna Chakrabarti, Ph.D. Medicine Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Zenghu Chang, Ph.D. Optics and Photonics N/A
Jason Eichenholz, Ph.D.* Luminar Technologies N/A
Hassan Foroosh, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science
Richard Gilson, Ph.D. Sciences Psychology
Xun Gong, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Electrical and Computer Engineering
Xiu Fang “Nadine” Guo, Ph.D. Nanoscience Technology Center N/A
Charles Hughes, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science
Jayanta Kapat, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Saiful Khondaker, Ph.D. Sciences Physics
Patrick LiKamWa, Ph.D. Optics and Photonics N/A
Barbara O’Hara Medicine Health Sciences
Tom O’Neal, Ph.D.* Office of Partnerships and Innovation N/A
Zhihua Qu, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Electrical and Computer Engineering
Alfons Schulte, Ph.D. Sciences Physics
Ed Schons* University Economic Development N/A
Bahaa Saleh, Ph.D. Optics and Photonics N/A
Kenneth Stanley, Ph.D. Engineering and Computer Science Computer Science
Kenneth Teter, Ph.D. Medicine Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
Greg Welch, Ph.D. Nursing Nursing Practice
Mary Williams National Center for Forensic Science N/A
Cherie Yestrebsky, Ph.D. Sciences Chemistry
Boris Zeldovich, Ph.D. Optics and Photonics N/A
Antonis Zervos, Ph.D. Medicine Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

*denotes honorary member

Third Annual Gala and Induction Ceremony

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Join Us

The UCF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors is open to all members of the university community, including faculty, staff, alumni and affiliates, who have received an issued patent from the USPTO. An annual meeting and recognition ceremony will be held during the academic year and a list of members will be published, in order to enhance networking, recognition, and the opportunity to share your experiences.

Membership Application

We sincerely thank our supporters

Executive Committee

Officers:
President: Tom O’Neal, Ph.D. Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Immediate Past President: Issa Batarseh, Ph.D., College of Engineering and Computer Science
President-Elect: TBD
Vice President: TBD
Treasurer: Terri Bigham, Research Foundation
Immediate Past Treasurer: Kim Smith, Research Foundation
Secretary: Julia Roberts, Office of Research

Members at Large:
Richard Blair, Ph.D., College of Sciences
Nasser Kukut, Ph.D., College of Engineering and Computer Science
Albert Manero, Ph.D., Limbitless Solutions
Winston Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Florida Solar Energy Center
Mubarak Shah, Ph.D., College of Engineering and Computer Science

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