22 December 2021

Optica Members Inducted as 2021 Fellows of The National Academy of Inventors

WASHINGTON – Five members of Optica, the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide, have been elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an organization comprised of more than 4,000 inventor members and Fellows across 250 institutions worldwide. NAI Fellows are selected in recognition of their inventions that have had an impact on “the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

“The election of Optica members as NAI Fellows is a testament to their creative applications of optics and photonics,” said Optica CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “We congratulate our members who have received this well-deserved honor.”

NAI was established in 2010 in order to recognize and encourage inventors at universities, government and non-profit research institutes. The NAI Fellow program has selected over 1,400 fellows worldwide who collectively hold more than 42,000 patents which have resulted in over 13,000 licensed technologies and 3,200 companies, according to NAI.

The Optica members included in the 2021 Class of NAI Fellows include:

  • Andrea Armani, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Cherie R. Kagan, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Frederick A. Kish Jr., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • Brian W. Pogue, Ph.D., Dartmouth College
  • David R. Williams, Ph.D., University of Rochester

The 2021 NAI Fellows will officially be inducted at the 11th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, in June 2022. 

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate, and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI has a close partnership with the USPTO and is one of three honorific organizations, along with the National Medals and National Inventors Hall of Fame, working closely with the USPTO on many discovery and innovation support initiatives. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovationwww.academyofinventors.org

About Optica

Optica (formerly OSA), the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide, is dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement.

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