Two USC Faculty Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

NAI Fellow pinDr. Ellis Fan-Chuin Meng of the Viterbi School of Engineering and Dr. Michael Waterman of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences recently joined a select group of USC faculty members who have received the prestigious National Academy of Inventors Fellow honor.

The NAI Fellows Selection Committee informed Drs. Meng and Waterman that they were selected because they “… have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” There are currently about 1,000 NAI Fellows nationwide. A complete list of this year’s elected Fellows can be viewed in the NAI’s news release.

USC is now home to a total of 13 NAI Fellows:

P. Daniel Dapkus
Scott E. Fraser
Ming Hsieh
Mark S. Humayun
Behrokh Khoshnevis
Ellis Fan-Chuin Meng
Andreas F. Molisch
Shrikanth S. Narayanan
C. L. Max Nikias
Mark E. Thompson
Andrew J. Viterbi
Michael S. Waterman
Alan E. Willner

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 celebrates USC inventors whose technology was licensed for the first time during the preceding year and recognizes new USC NAI chapter members.

Drs. Meng and Waterman were invited to attend the NAI Fellows Induction Ceremony on April 11, 2019, at Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas.

~Post by John Merritt, USC Stevens Center for Innovation