The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) was founded to recognize and encourage academic inventors who have a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The goals are to enhance the visibility of university technology and academic innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.
The Arizona State University chapter of the NAI, launched in March 2017 under the leadership of Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, recognizes inventors and promotes innovation across all disciplines of the institution.
* indicates NAI Fellow
The ASU chapter of the NAI:
- honors, encourages and publicly recognizes academic inventors who hold patents, including faculty, graduate students, staff, alumni and affiliates
- encourages the disclosure of intellectual property and the translation of inventions to benefit society
- promotes and enhances the development and commercialization of university patents and innovations
- provides a vehicle by which to encourage change in the culture at the university
- leverages the NAI’s connection with the USPTO, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
- provides a mechanism for potentially enhancing innovation both locally and nationally
- promotes interdisciplinary groups for fostering new ideas
- provides the opportunity to publish in “Innovation and Technology, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors”
- provides a mechanism for developing relevant invention-based activities, such as workshops or symposia on innovation and invention
- encourages creative thinking, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship
- provides advice and guidance to new and existing inventors in their work
- enhances the visibility of university technology development, promotes entrepreneurship and provides a means to advocate for university innovation in the local community
- creates a resource for the local community to facilitate greater industry research contracts and interactions with companies and organizations in order to increase economic impact
- promotes understanding of the translational use of inventions at the university and elsewhere and provides role models in such endeavors for students, staff and faculty
Become a member:
Are you an inventor with at least one patent from the USPTO and interested in becoming a member of the ASU chapter of the NAI? Please contact Adriana Kuiper for more information.