Texas A&M University is now an institutional member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), joining four other top universities that have major research programs and are affiliating with the organization funded in 2010 to enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, with an emphasis on benefiting society.
The other institutions listed as new NAI members are Arizona State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Tennessee and the University of California at Davis.
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin was named a charter fellow of NAI last year.
In announcing Texas A&M as one of its new members, the NAI posting cited The Texas A&M University System’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) as having successfully negotiated 1,145 licenses and obtained 1,350 issued patents on 534 A&M System inventions since its founding in 1992. According to the annual survey of the Association of Technology Managers, the OTC is eighth in the nation in the number of license agreements generating revenue.
Loftin’s selection as a charter fellow of NAI was based in part on his status as a leader in the areas of computer modeling and simulation, advanced training technologies and scientific data visualization. Also, he is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical publications and has been principal investigator or major participant in grants and contracts totaling millions of dollars.
“I am honored and humbled to be among the first NAI Fellows,” he said following his selection in December. “The NAI is a young organization but already is having a major influence in the world of scholarly research and innovation.”
In addition to enhancing the visibility of academic technology and innovation, NAI officials say the academy encourages the disclosure of intellectual property, helps educate and mentor innovative students, and helps translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.
NAI, which is headquartered in the University of South Florida Research Park in Tampa Bay, edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors.