National Academy of Inventors

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National Academy of Inventors chapter established at MSU 

When Michigan State University launched its own chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in April 2015, more than half of the 19 faculty members honored were from the College of Engineering. 

The academy is dedicated to recognizing excellence in academic invention, enhancing the visibility of university and nonprofit research institute technology, academic innovation, and educating and mentoring innovative students. 

MSU’s inaugural class included:

• Evangelyn Alocilja, biosystems and agricultural engineering,

• Dean Aslam, electrical and computer engineering,

• Jes Asmussen, electrical and computer engineering,

• Bruce Dale, chemical engineering and materials science,

• Larry Drzal, chemical engineering and materials science,

• Anil Jain, computer science and engineering,

• Dennis Miller, chemical engineering and materials science,

• Norbert Mueller, mechanical engineering,

• Ramani Narayan, chemical engineering and materials science,

• R. Mark Worden, chemical engineering and materials science,

• Ning Xi, computer science and engineering, and

• Satish Udpa, a University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, former dean of the college, and current executive vice president for administrative services at MSU. 

The induction of new members preceded MSU’s annual Innovation Celebration. It was hosted by the MSU Innovation Center.