December 13, 2016
Congratulations to Richard G. Baraniuk, Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Rice University, and Director of OpenStax, on being elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Baraniuk was chosen for induction because he has “ demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
Nominees must be a named inventor on patent(s) issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, non-profit research institute or other academic entity.
Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow status have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.
Dr. Baraniuk will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors on April 6, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, MA. U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the ceremony.