Hoboken, N.J. – More than 35 inventors from the Stevens Institute of Technology community will become members of the newly formed Stevens Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors™ (NAI) an organization created to recognize and promote academic innovation achievement nationwide.
The inaugural members from Stevens will be formally inducted into the Stevens Chapter of NAI at a ceremony during the Thomas H. Scholl Lecture by Visiting Entrepreneurs on Nov. 13, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the DeBaun Auditorium at Stevens. Keynote speaker and NAI President Dr. Paul Sanberg will deliver the Thomas H. Scholl Lecture, entitled “From Lab To Market: Academic Innovation And The National Academy of Inventors.” Dr. Sanberg will then induct the inaugural Stevens class.
The NAI was conceived and founded by Dr. Sanberg, who is associate vice-president for research & innovation at the University of South Florida (USF) and the holder of 28 U.S. patents, including the first patents for using bone marrow and cord blood as a source of neural stem cells for brain repair.
“Inventors embody the creativity and innovation which is a hallmark of a fast-growing research university,” said Sanburg. “I wanted to increase the perception at the university that innovation and patents are important, leading to transfer of technology to our society.
Stevens Chapter members have generated a wide array of inventions in the fields of nanotechnology, medical devices, infection control, water purification technology, and military defense systems.
To become an inaugural member of the Stevens Chapter, an inventor must have an issued patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office based on research work done at Stevens.
“The new Stevens Chapter of the NAI recognizes and supports the extraordinary talent of our faculty inventors,” said Christos Christodoulatos, Stevens vice-provost for innovation & entrepreneurship. “This is a wonderful way to recognize their contributions to the university and society as well as their efforts to stimulate technology development and promote entrepreneurship on the campus and beyond.”
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.