USC researchers elected to National Academy of Inventors

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Three prolific USC researchers were recently inducted as fellows into the National Academy of Inventors, an honor that recognizes the top innovators in the nation affiliated with universities and academic organizations.

Professors P. Daniel Dapkus, Scott Fraser and Andreas Molisch (pictured above left to right), who are innovators in the fields of photonics, advanced imaging and communications technologies, will join 165 other new inductees in a ceremony on April 15, 2016 at the academy’s fifth annual conference in Washington D.C.

Dapkus is the William M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Engineering and the director of the The Photonics Center at USC which focuses on novel photonic technology to revolutionize communications, signal processing, interconnections and military systems.

Fraser serves as the Director of Science Initiatives for the USC campuses and is co-director of The Saban Research Institute’s Translational Biomedical Imaging Laboratory.

Molisch is Professor in USC Viterbi’s Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering and an expert in wireless communications. His research focuses on ultrawideband communications, wireless propagation channels and multiple antenna systems.

Fellows are elected annually by the academy from submitted nominations. Nominations can be submitted by anyone through an online form (except by the nominees themselves). Fellows are selected by the academy’s NAI Fellows Selection Committee. To be eligible as a fellow, inventors must show “a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society,” according to the organization.

There are currently a total of 582 fellows including this year’s new honorees in the National Academy of Inventors. Other academy fellows from USC are USC President C.L. Max Nikias, who was inducted in 2012 as a charter member, and Behrokh Khoshnevis (Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, USC Viterbi), Mark Thompson (Professor of Chemistry, USC Dornsife) and Alan Willner (Professor, USC Viterbi’s Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering – Systems) who were all elected in 2014.

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–By USC Stevens staff, published March 8, 2016