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.

Invited Inductees 2017

Karl X. Chai, Ph.D.
Ni-Bin Chang, Ph.D.
Li-Mei Chen, Ph.D.
Louis Chow, Ph.D.
Niels da Vitoria Lobo, Ph.D.
Edward Dein
Dennis Deppe, Ph.D.
Sangyoun Gee, Ph.D.
John C. Hitt, Ph.D.
Robert Hoekstra, Ph.D.
Donald Malocha, Ph.D.
Eric Martin
Albert Manero, Ph.D.
Wasfy Mikhael, Ph.D.
D. Howard Miles, Ph.D.
Saleh Naser, Ph.D.
Robert Peale, Ph.D.
Winston V. Schoenfeld, Ph.D.
William Self, Ph.D.
Mubarak Shah, Ph.D.
John Sherwin
Michael Sigman, Ph.D.
William Silfvast, Ph.D.
Dinender Singla, Ph.D.
Frank Sommerhage, Ph.D.
Rajan Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.
Thomas Wu, Ph.D.
Lei Zhai, Ph.D.

*Denotes Fellow

Executive Committee

President | Issa Batarseh, Ph.D.

President-Elect | Tom O’Neal, Ph.D.

Vice President | Annette Khaled, Ph.D.

Treasurer | Kim Smith

Secretary | Julia Roberts

Members at Large:
Richard Blair, Ph.D.
Albert Manero, Ph.D.
Danny Parker
Shin-Tson Wu, Ph.D.

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 a partnership opportunity to connect your services with UCF’s influencers and decision makers.

For online payments, please type “NAI Sponsorship” in the empty box, and then fill in the amount corresponding to your level of support.

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