Bruce Sullenger, PhD, Joseph W. and Dorothy W. Beard Professor of Experimental Surgery, Division of Surgical Sciences, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). An NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors.
Dr. Sullenger was selected for having “demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”
He joins a class of 148 new NAI Fellows, representing 125 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide. The 2018 class of NAI Fellows are named inventors on approximately 4,000 U.S. patents in a variety of fields, including biomedical engineering, laser photonics, and computer sciences.
NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers and are evaluated by the 18 members of the Selection Committee. The 2018 committee included NAI Fellows; U.S. National Medal recipients; AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors; senior officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Association of University Technology Managers, and the Smithsonian Lemelson Center; National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees and board members; and members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
Congratulations to Dr. Sullenger on this distinguished honor!