The NAI Fellows Program was established to highlight 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. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
The program has 912 Fellows worldwide representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 9,400 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.3 million jobs. In addition, over $137 billion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.
With the induction of the 2017 class, there are now more than 100 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 439 members of
the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 36 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 52 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, 29 Nobel Laureates, 3 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering recipients, 261 AAAS Fellows, 168 IEEE Fellows, and 142 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.