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 nonprofit 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.
The USC chapter launch was featured in the March 2018 edition of Technology and Innovation, the official publication of the National Academy of Inventors.
–Article and photos by USC Stevens Center for Innovation staff, published April 21, 2017, updated May 16, 2017.