101 academic inventors and innovators elected as NAI Charter FellowsTAMPA, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 101 top scientists, innovators, and leaders from the academic world named as 2012 Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) are being recognized for their exceptional achievements "in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130107/DC37896LOGO) "The NAI is a young organization but already is having a major influence in the world of scholarly research and innovation," said Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin. "I am honored and humbled to be among the first NAI Fellows." The newly elected class of Fellows is made up of inventors and innovators from 56 prestigious research universities and non-profit research institutes across the U.S. and around the world. All are named inventors on patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Collectively, they hold an impressive number of U.S. patents—over 3,200. "I absolutely believe in the power of invention—its power to transform daily life, to reestablish what we consider possible, to make our striving efforts more effective and more efficient. Every time we tap our inventive ability, we have the chance to revolutionize how we operate and interact, and how we best serve society's most urgent needs," said Patrick Harker, president of the University of Delaware. "I'm thrilled to be in the company of people who share this work and these ideals." Included among the Fellows are eight Nobel Laureates, 14 presidents of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 53 members of the National Academies (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine), 11 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, two Fellows of the Royal Society, five recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, four recipients of the National Medal of Science, and 31 AAAS Fellows, among other major awards and distinctions.