National Academy of Inventors names two Texas A&M professors as NAI Senior Members

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named two faculty members from Texas A&M University to its 2021 class of NAI Senior Members, the Division of Research announced today.

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI member institutions with success in patents, licensing and commercialization. They have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. The 2021 class includes 63 accomplished academic inventors who are named on 625 issued U.S. patents and who represent 37 NAI member institutions, research universities, governmental entities and non-profit institutes worldwide.

The two new NAI Senior Members from Texas A&M are from the College of Engineering:

  • Saurabh Biswas, associate professor of practice, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and executive director for commercialization, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.
  • Roozbeh Jafari, Tim and Amy Leach Professor, departments of biomedical engineering, computer science and engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.

The NAI established the title of NAI Senior Member in 2019. The selection of Biswas and Jafari brings the number of current Texas A&M faculty members who are NAI Senior Members to 11. In addition, 13 current A&M faculty members are NAI Fellows.

“Congratulations to Dr. Biswas and Dr. Jafari for earning this distinction,” said Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau, an NAI Fellow.  “Also, thank you to the NAI for recognizing the innovations of our outstanding A&M faculty members in the ongoing quest for solutions that better the human condition and address our world’s most challenging problems.”

NAI is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes with more than 4,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide.

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including in science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M generated annual expenditures of more than $1.131 billion in fiscal year 2020. Texas A&M ranked in the top 25 of the most recent National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey based on expenditures of more than $952 million in fiscal year 2019. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental, and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation, and world.


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