Keck and Viterbi Faculty Members Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

NAI Fellow pinDr. Gianluca Lazzi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Viterbi School of Engineering and Dr. Neil Siegel of the Viterbi School of Engineering were named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They join a distinguished group of prolific academic innovators from across the world, including a select group of USC faculty members who have received the prestigious NAI Fellow honor.

The 2019 Fellows represent 135 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes worldwide, and collectively hold over 3,500 issued U.S. patents.

“I am so impressed by the caliber of this year’s class of NAI Fellows, all of whom are highly regarded in their respective fields,” said NAI President Paul R. Sanberg in the official announcement on Dec. 3, 2019. “The breadth and scope of their discoveries are truly staggering. I’m excited not only see their work continue, but also to see their knowledge influence a whole new era of science, technology, and innovation worldwide.”

Drs. Lazzi and Siegel were invited to attend the NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony on April 10, 2020, in Phoenix.

USC is now home to a total of 16 NAI Fellows, including those honored in previous years:

Daniel P. Dapkus (2015)
Mark E. Davis (2015)
Scott E. Fraser (2015)
Ming Hsieh (2017)
Mark S. Humayun (2016)
Behrokh Khoshnevis (2014)
Ellis Meng (2018)
Andreas F. Molisch (2015)
Shrikanth S. Narayanan (2016)
C.L. Max Nikias (2012)
Mark E. Thompson (2014)
Andrew J. Viterbi (2017)
Michael S. Waterman (2018)
Alan E. Willner (2014)

USC Stevens Center for Innovation launched the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in May  2017. Chapter members include any USC researcher who has been granted a U.S. patent. With more than 300 members, USC has one of the largest chapters in the country. New chapter members are inducted at an annual spring reception hosted by the Stevens Center. The event also celebrates USC inventors whose technology was licensed for the first time during the preceding year.

~Post by John Merritt, USC Stevens Center for Innovation