"Maintaining a culture of innovation requires commitment, vision, and partnerships. To be recognized by the NAI for helping to promote that culture at my university is an honor," said G.P. "Bud" Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology and new Charter Fellow. "It supports our commitment to preparing students to become innovators and leaders, as well as helping faculty and staff to commercialize their ideas quickly."
The Fellows are recognized for accomplishments in innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, support and enhancement of innovation, and patenting and licensing.
"Commercializing patents, spinning off new companies, building products, and creating high paying jobs have to become as much a part of a university's mission as educating a high tech workforce for its state and the nation," said Paul Sanberg, senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida, who is president of the NAI and a newly elected Fellow himself.
"The path to bring innovation from the lab to the market is challenging but exciting. A supportive ecosystem at universities makes a significant difference," said new Fellow Gerardine Botte, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University.The Charter Fellows will be inducted by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Margaret Focarino, from the USPTO, during the second annual conference of the NAI, Feb. 22, 2013, at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In his keynote address at the NAI's first conference, David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, said: "The NAI is a breakthrough for our country. It couldn't be more timely to have an organization like this to be championing innovation." "I attended the first NAI conference last February, where I met many truly accomplished inventors who have changed this world for the better," said Dean Sicking, professor of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). "I am really surprised and deeply honored to be considered worthy of being in this group." Richard Marchase, UAB's interim president and another new NAI Fellow, agrees: "It is an honor to be included in this charter class with researchers who are daily pushing the envelope in engineering, drug discovery and many other fields. The induction of inventors like me who serve as university presidents is really a testament to our institutions' robust capacity for innovation, and translating those discoveries to benefit our communities and states in the form of better health, quality of life and economic development." "Being elected a Fellow by the NAI is a testament to the importance of university invention and translating technology to society," said Morteza Gharib, vice provost for research and professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. "At Caltech, our mission is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education, and as academic inventors, we have the privilege of sharing that challenging and creative work with our students." The 2012 NAI Charter Fellows: