National Academy of Inventors®: Honoring Academic Invention

NAI FELLOWS

About Our Fellows

The NAI Fellows Program has 582 Fellows worldwide representing more than 190 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 21,000 issued U.S. patents.

With the induction of the 2015 class, there are now more than 80 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 313 members of the three branches of the National Academy of Sciences, 27 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 36 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, 27 Nobel Laureates, 14 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 170 AAAS Fellows, and 98 IEEE Fellows, among many other awards and distinctions.


About the NAI Fellows Program

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated 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.

Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.

Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

The nomination packets are reviewed by the NAI Fellows Selection Committee. The number of Fellows elected each year is dependent on the quality of the nominations submitted. Committee members may not vote on a nominee from their institution. Decisions of the Selection Committee are final. If a nominee is not elected to Fellow status, he or she will remain on record for committee review for three consecutive years.


Induction Awards

In recognition of their outstanding accomplishments, honorees are presented with a signature trophy, medal, and custom rosette pin during the induction ceremony.




The NAI Fellows Trophy is an iconic glass piece which displays the Fellow’s name and year of election. At the top of a trophy, a globe is displayed to represent the significant impact the contributions of NAI Fellows have made on our world.


Another symbol of prestige is bestowed upon NAI Fellows through the rosette pin designed and crafted by Dexter Rosettes, Inc. The rosette dates back to 1802 when Napoleon Bonaparte instituted its use as a part of the Legion of Honor award. Rosettes today are used for various reasons including symbolizing excellence and an association with a specific organization.


In 2014, Fellows of the NAI were called upon to design an exclusive medal to be awarded alongside the trophy and rosette pin at the time of induction. A group of Fellows formed a committee and collaborated to design a medal which depicts the prestige and honor associated with NAI Fellowship. The medal features the NAI logo and represents the idea that "Innovation Moves the World."



NAI Fellows Logo

The NAI Fellows Logo and Seal were designed by a committee of Fellows. This logo and seal are for the exclusive use of elected NAI Fellows to denote their status of this high honor. The below files are available for download and use solely by Fellows of the NAI.

Note: Print files are downloadable in EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) file format. Web files are in PNG file format.

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Fellows Seal

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