Launch of the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors

 

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation recently hosted the launch of the University of Southern California (USC) Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on May 3, 2017.

The NAI is a national non-profit organization, which includes around 200 member institutions and approximately 3,000 individual members and Fellows. USC currently has 9 NAI Fellows. Institutions, such as USC, are encouraged by the National Academy of Inventors to launch their own local chapters customized to their organization’s innovation goals and initiatives.

During the chapter launch event, the inaugural class of NAI members from USC, which represents inventors at USC with issued U.S. patents, were inducted and presented with USC-NAI chapter membership certificates. The newly launched USC-NAI chapter membership represents over 300 USC inventors.

The USC-NAI chapter is now part of over 40 local NAI chapters nationwide. Those inducted at USC are part of a network of nearly 2,000 chapter members who account for over 11,000 patents, according to the NAI.

Speaking at the USC-NAI chapter launch event were Jennifer Dyer (Executive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation), Randolph Hall (USC’s Vice President of Research), Robert V. Duncan (Board Member of the National Academy of Inventors and Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at Texas Tech University), and Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing & New Ventures, USC Stevens Center for Innovation).

During the program, the new USC-NAI chapter members were acknowledged. Additionally, special recognition was given to those in attendance who were also NAI Fellows. NAI Fellows are elected through a separate process annually by the academy from submitted nominations and selected by the academy’s NAI Fellows Selection Committee.

The chapter launch event also recognized honorary chapter members who are leaders and representatives of USC (but do not hold patents themselves) to honor their work facilitating and nurturing innovation and economic development at USC and in the local community. During the program, Randolph Hall was presented with an honorary member certificate to recognize his work nurturing faculty innovation as Vice President of Research in the USC Office of the Provost.

A list of the USC faculty, researchers, and representatives honored at the launch of the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will be published soon.

Select pictures from the event are below. Visit our USC Stevens Center for Innovation Facebook page to see our complete USC-NAI launch event photo album.

–Article and photos by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published April 21, 2017, updated May 16, 2017.

 

Left to right: Jennifer Dyer (Executive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation), Randolph Hall (USC’s Vice President of Research), Robert V. Duncan (Board Member of the National Academy of Inventors and Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at Texas Tech University), and Michael Arciero (Director of Technology Licensing & New Ventures, USC Stevens Center for Innovation).

 

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation hosted the launch reception of the University of Southern California (USC) Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on May 3, 2017 at the USC City Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Robert V. Duncan, Board Member of the National Academy of Inventors and Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives & Professor of Physics at Texas Tech University), spoke about the academy and congratulated the new USC-NAI chapter members.

 

Some of USC’s NAI Fellows attending the chapter launch event included Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, Scott Fraser, and Behrokh Khoshnevis (shown here with USC Vice President of Research Randolph Hall, second from left).