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 NAI Fellow program has 1,403 Fellows worldwide representing more than 275 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 42,700 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed technologies, 2,300 companies and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, over $2.2 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries
Among all NAI Fellows, there are 165 presidents and senior leaders of research universities, governmental and non-profit research institutes; about 600 members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; 45 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 63 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; and 40 Nobel Laureates, among other awards and distinctions.