The National Academy of Inventors has named 170 distinguished innovators, including at least 12 Indian Americans, 2014 NAI Fellows, bringing the total number of fellows to 414. As a group, the 414 hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.

NAI Fellows will be inducted March 20 at the 4th annual conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., where U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deputy commissioner for patent operations Andrew Faile will give the keynote address.

Fellows will be given a trophy, medal and rosette pin honoring their accomplishments and be honored with a full-page announcement in Jan. 16 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Indian American 2014 fellows, in alphabetical order, are:

Amit Bandyopadhyay, mechanical and materials engineering professor at Washington State University;

Ashutosh Chilkoti, a professor of biomedical engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering at Duke University and director of the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Materials Systems;

Dr. Arul M. Chinnaiyan, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, American Cancer Society research professor and endowed professor of pathology and urology at the University of Michigan;

Amit Goyal, a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee;

Kattesh V. Katti, director, University of Missouri Cancer Nanotechnology Platform, and a radiology and physics professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.;

Brij M. Moudgil, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Florida;

Jagdish Narayan, a chair professor in the materials science and engineering department at North Carolina State University;

Shree K. Nayar, a professor of computer science at Columbia University, co-director of the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center and head of the Computer Vision Laboratory;

Pradeep Rohatgi, a professor of material science at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and director, Center for Composites;

Ram Sasisekharan, a professor of biological engineering and health sciences and technology at MIT and faculty member at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research;

Arup K. Sengupta, a civil and environmental engineering professor in the chemical engineering department at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.;

Raj N. Singh, head of the materials science and engineering school and chair professor and director of the Energy Technologies Programs at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, Okla.

Bandyopadhyay does research on manufacturing of metallic and ceramic materials and their composites. He holds nine issued U.S. patents, with five more pending.

Chilkoti’s research focuses on developing molecular tools based on technology from molecular biology, protein engineering, polymer chemistry and surface science. He won the Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2013.

Chinnaiyan heads the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, a multi-disciplinary team of investigators focused on translating "-Omic" technologies to patient care in terms of biomarkers and novel therapeutics. He serves on the scientific advisors board of the National Cancer Institute.

Goyal’s research involves high-temperature superconductors, including fundamental materials science and technical innovations to enable commercialization. He has 70 issued patents, the most of any researcher at Oak Ridge National Lab.

Katti’s research focuses on biomedical sciences and nanoscience. He was named one of the “25 Most Influential Scientists In Molecular Imaging in the World” and his discovery of the production of gold nanoparticles using soy, tea, cumin, cinnamon and various herbs, plants and fruits through 100% green processes was cited as Editor’s choice in “Science” and “Popular Science.”

Moudgil, the owner of 14 patents, does research to develop correlations in particulate materials-based nanoengineered systems for enhanced performance in bioimaging, diagnosis and therapies. Narayan’s research involves ion implantation, defects in semiconductors and rapid thermal and transient thermal processing of semiconductors. In the late 1970s, he pioneered the innovation of solute trapping in semiconductors by his discovery of laser annealing.

Nayar focuses on novel vision sensors, design of physics-based models for vision and development of algorithms for scene interpretation. He has invented Bigshot, a fully functional digital camera that kids assemble themselves.

Rohatgi’s research interests include foundry technology, solidification processing, composite materials, alloy development and specialty aluminum and steels.

Sasisekharan’s lab tries to understand how cell function is regulated by the extracellular environment by studying glycosaminoglycans, the polysaccharide component of the extracellular matrix, which are believed to regulate biological processes, including morphogenesis, angiogenesis and tumor growth. The founder of Momenta Pharmaceuticals, his research on complex polysaccharides has developed more than 50 patents.

Sengupta does research on the preparation characterization and innovative use of novel adsorbents, ion exchangers and reactive polymers.

Singh, who owns 25 patents, conducts research on the processing and properties of nanostructured materials and nanotubes/nanorods, materials for fuel cells, batteries and nanomaterials for medical applications.

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