2013 Fellows Selection Committee

The 2013 Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of 13 Members including: NAI Charter Fellows, recipients of US National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies, and senior officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of University Technology Managers and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Norman Augustine

Norman R. Augustine

national medal of technology and innovation recipient
national academy of science member
retired chairman and CEO of the board
lockheed martin corporation

Norm Augustine is retired Chairman and CEO of the Board of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Prior to joining Martin Marietta, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (R&D) from 1973-75 and Undersecretary from 1975-77. He was a Professor at Princeton, his alma mater, from 1997-99. Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense's highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. He has been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Explorers Club, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Anne Chasser

Anne H. Chasser

Former Commissioner for trademarks
United States Patent and Trademark Office


Anne H. Chasser is an Author and Intellectual Property Strategist and Expert. From 1999-2004 Anne served as the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Appointed by the President Clinton Administration and confirmed by the United States Senate. She served in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, where she oversaw the trademark operations at the USPTO. During her term at the USPTO, the trademark operations implemented full electronic processing of trademark applications and examination and implemented the Madrid Protocol. She was recognized by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as one of the Fifty Most Influential People in Global Intellectual Property. Along with Jennifer Wolfe, Anne authored in 2010, Brand Rewired: Connecting Intellectual Property Protections, Branding and Creativity.

Edward Derrick

Edward Derrick, Ph.D.

Chief Program Director
Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Since July, 2011, Edward G. Derrick, Ph.D., has been Chief Program Director of the AAAS Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs. The programs in the Center connect the science and engineering community with policy makers and the interested public on an array of topics. These include the interplay of science with religion, law and human rights; they connect scientists and policy makers through programs in science and government, including the S&T Policy Fellowship program; and they address improvement in the conduct of science through activities promoting responsible conduct of science and through a peer review service. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, with a dissertation in theoretical particle physics, and the B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with an undergraduate thesis in biophysics.


Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Lea Dougherty, J.D.

Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition
Office of Innovation Development
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Elizabeth Dougherty is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition in the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she develops, implements and supervises programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities; she coordinate the agency's ombudsman program for small businesses and entrepreneurs as mandated by the American Invents Act (AIA); she supervises the development of outreach programs to women, minority and other underserved communities; she also builds and maintains relationships with state and local governments to promote local programs that support invention and innovation in the United States. Ms. Dougherty has spearheaded a number of special projects with such organizations and oversees a portfolio of ongoing and future initiatives designed to assist independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and minorities.

Sean P. Flanigan

Sean P. Flanigan, BA, LLB, RTTP

President of the Association of University Technology Managers
AssISTANT Director, Technology PARTNERSHIPS
University of Ottawa

Sean Flanigan is the President of the Association of University Technology Managers and a technology transfer practitioner. Mr. Flanigan studied law at the University of Ottawa and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1993. At the University of Ottawa Mr. Flanigan leads the team responsible for industrial liaison, technology development and transfer, new company creation and student entrepreneurship. He has created a student incubator and an applied research program for small and medium sized enterprises. Mr. Flanigan is a member of the Board of Directors of several early stage technology based companies in the Ottawa region. In 2006 he became active in AUTM and in 2008 Mr. Flanigan became Vice President for Canada.  In 2010 he was part of the team that formed the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), which brought the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) designation to the profession.  uOttawa, is a comprehensive university with more than 40,000 students located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital and is one of Canada’s top 10 research universities with annual research expenditures exceeding $275M.

Peggy Focarino

Margaret A. Focarino

Commissioner for Patents
United States Patent and Trademark Office


Margaret A. Focarino is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), she was appointed to this position in January 2012. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patents, providing administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinating the activities of patent application examination and reissues of patents. In her new role as Commissioner, Ms. Focarino will manage and lead the Patent organization as the chief operating officer. She is responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of this organization which affect the administration of patent operations which includes patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning; and administration. Ms. Focarino began her career at the USPTO in 1977 as a Patent Examiner. She became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1989 and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 1997. She received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 1993 for her work as a Supervisory Patent Examiner and the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for leadership in 2010 for leading a joint union and management task force that developed and implemented the first significant changes to the patent examiner work credit system in more than 30 years.

Eric R. Fossum

Eric R. Fossum

National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
National Academy of Engineering Member
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Nai Charter Fellow

Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D., is Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Faculty Coordinator of the Ph.D. Innovation Program.  While at JPL/Caltech, he invented the CMOS image sensor used in billions of camera phones, webcams, DSLRs, swallowable pill cameras, dental x-ray sensors, and many other applications.  He co-founded Photobit to further develop and commercialize the technology which was eventually acquired by Micron.  He holds over 140 U.S. patents and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame.  He has published over 260 papers, is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, and received the IEEE Andrew Grove Award and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.  He is a founder and Past-President of the International Image Sensor Society.

Morteza Gharib

Morteza Gharib

Vice Provost For Research
Hans W. Liepmann Professor Aeronautics
California Institute of Technology
Nai Charter Fellow

Mory Gharib, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Research and Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, specializing in hydro and aerodynamics, biological flows, bio-inspired medical devices, and advanced flow visualization techniques. He co-founded Bioengineering Option at Caltech. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents in areas of biomedical devices and imaging technology. He is a fellow of the AAAS, and five other professional societies. He has received five new technology recognition awards from NASA in the fields of advanced laser imaging and nanotechnology. He was recipient of the R&D 100 Award for the design of a 3D imaging system in 2008.

Patrick T. Harker

Patrick T. Harker

University of Delware
Nai Charter Fellow

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., is President of the University of Delaware and a research leader in service operations management and economics; financial services operations and technology; operations research methodology; and transportation systems. He holds a U.S. patent and U.S. copyright for methods optimizing transportation schedules. He has published or edited nine books and 100+ articles, and is an ISI highly cited researcher in mathematics. He serves on the advisory boards of INFORMS Service Science and Operations Research, where he was previously editor-in-chief. Harker is an INFORMS Fellow and a member of IEEE, the American Economic Association and the International Academy of Management.

Sir Harold Walter Kroto

Sir Harold Walter Kroto

nobel prize recipient
Fellow of the royal Society
Francis Eppes Professor at Florida State University

Dr. Sir Harold "Harry" W. Kroto, received the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his co-discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a form of pure carbon better known as "buckyballs." The extraordinary molecule consists of 60 carbon atoms arranged as a spheroid, in a pattern exactly matching the stitching on soccer balls. The configuration reminded Kroto of the geodesic domes designed by the late inventor/architect Buckminster Fuller, hence the name "buckminsterfullerines. A few of Kroto's additional achievements include being awarded Fellow of the Royal Society (1990), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2002-2004). Kroto is currently a Francis Eppes Professor at Florida State University.

Sir George Martin

Sir George Henry Martin CBE

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Producer of The Beatles
Commander of the British empire
Academy Award Winner
Six-time Grammy Award winner

A composer in his own right, George has been responsible for the music of a considerable number of films, 'A Hard Day's Night' (for which he won an Academy Awards Nomination); 'The Family Way'; John Schlesinger's 'Honky Tonk Freeway'; 'Yellow Submarine'; 'Pulp' starring Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney; 'Optimist of Nine Elms' with Peter Sellers and the Bond movie 'Live and Let Die' (for which he won a Grammy). He was also Musical Director and Composer for 'Sgt. Pepper' starring the Bee Gees and 'Give My Regards to Broad Street' and the award winning cartoon 'Rupert and The Frog Song' for Paul McCartney. He also composed The David Frost Theme, 'By George' for television and BBC Radio One's signature tune 'Theme One'. It was in 1962 that he signed The Beatles to EMI - a decision which launched them on their remarkable career, producing every record they made until they disbanded in 1970.

George has received several distinguished honors and awards including: an Academy Award in 1964, six Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1988 George was appointed C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) for his services to the music industry.  He continues to write music; perform concerts; give motivational talks; work with charities; advise broadcasters and government on music content and serves as an active research advocate.

Robert S. Langer

Robert S. Langer

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipient
National Medal of Science Recipient
Elected to all three National Academies
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
David H. Koch Institute Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT (there are 14 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). He has written more than 1,190 articles.  He also has 810 issued and pending patents worldwide.  His many awards include the United States National Medal of Science, the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize (largest US medical prize), the Wolf Prize for Chemistry and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Langer is one of the very few individuals ever elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. 

Rina Paiva

Rini Paiva

Executive Director
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Collegiate Inventors Competition

Rini Paiva is the Executive Director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). In this role, she oversees the annual Inductee Selection process for the NIHF, working with a wide-ranging group of experts in science, technology, engineering, intellectual property, and history to ultimately recognize the world's foremost patented inventors for their life-changing and innovative work. Paiva also serves as the Executive Director of the Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC), striving to bring recognition to the country's outstanding college students who create the technologies that shape the future. Both the NIHF and the CIC are a part of Invent Now, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to recognizing and fostering invention, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Paiva also encourages NIHF Inductees and CIC students to be involved in Invent Now's education programs so that they may serve as inspiration, encouragement, and examples to younger generations. With the National Inventors Hall of Fame since 1995, Paiva is an authority on the topic of U.S. invention.