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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 will 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.

Inaugural Inductees 2016

John Ballantyne, Ph.D.
Michael Bass, Ph.D.*
Issa Batarseh, Ph.D.*
Richard Blair, Ph.D.
Hyoung Cho, Ph.D.
Lee Chow, Ph.D.
Kevin Coffey, Ph.D.
Peter Delfyett, Ph.D.*
Aristide Dogariu, Ph.D.
Leonid Glebov, Ph.D.*
James Hickman, Ph.D.
Qun Huo, Ph.D.
Aravinda Kar, Ph.D.
Alexander Katsevich, Ph.D.
Annette Khaled, Ph.D.
Guifang Li, Ph.D.*
Juin Liou, Ph.D.
Nazim Muradov, Ph.D.*
Danny Parker
Otto Phanstiel, Ph.D.
Ali Raissi, Ph.D.
Martin Richardson, Ph.D.
Swadeshmukul Santra, Ph.D.
Sudipta Seal, Ph.D.*
Marwan A. Simaan, Ph.D.*
M. J. Soileau, Ph.D.*
Kiminobu Sugaya, Ph.D.
Martin Wanielista, Ph.D.
Shin-Tson Wu, Ph.D.*

*Denotes Fellow
Photos from the Inaugural Gala

Acting Board Members

Chapter President | Issa Batarseh, Ph.D.

Chapter Executive Director | Tom O’Neal, Ph.D.

Chapter Financial Manager | Kim Smith

Chapter Administrator | Julia Roberts


Join Us

Membership Application

Sponsorship Opportunity

As a sponsor of the UCF Chapter, you demonstrate  support for academic inventors who are leaders in their industries while making connections with others who are involved in the science and technology community. This event provides the opportunity to increase your brand visibility to academic and research institute leaders who are patenting new technologies, creating start-up companies, and managing innovative initiatives. This is an unparalleled partnership opportunity to connect your services with UCF’s influencers and decision makers.

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Our Sponsors

Our sincerest appreciation to our 2016 supporters.
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