2014 Fellows Selection Committee

The 2014 Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of 16 Members including: NAI Fellows, recipients of U.S. National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies, and senior officials from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of University Technology Managers, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Norman Augustine

Norman R. Augustine

national medal of technology and innovation recipient
national academy of science member
retired chairman and CEO of the board
lockheed martin corporation

Norm Augustine is retired Chairman and CEO of the Board of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Prior to joining Martin Marietta, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (R&D) from 1973-75 and Undersecretary from 1975-77. He was a Professor at Princeton, his alma mater, from 1997-99. Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense's highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. He has been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Explorers Club, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Anne Chasser

Anne H. Chasser

Former Commissioner for trademarks
United States Patent and Trademark Office


Anne H. Chasser is an Author and Intellectual Property Strategist and Expert. From 1999-2004 Anne served as the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Appointed by the President Clinton Administration and confirmed by the United States Senate. She served in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, where she oversaw the trademark operations at the USPTO. During her term at the USPTO, the trademark operations implemented full electronic processing of trademark applications and examination and implemented the Madrid Protocol. She was recognized by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as one of the Fifty Most Influential People in Global Intellectual Property. Along with Jennifer Wolfe, Anne authored in 2010, Brand Rewired: Connecting Intellectual Property Protections, Branding and Creativity.

Edward Derrick

Edward Derrick, Ph.D.

Chief Program Director
Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Since July, 2011, Edward G. Derrick, Ph.D., has been Chief Program Director of the AAAS Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs. The programs in the Center connect the science and engineering community with policy makers and the interested public on an array of topics. These include the interplay of science with religion, law and human rights; they connect scientists and policy makers through programs in science and government, including the S&T Policy Fellowship program; and they address improvement in the conduct of science through activities promoting responsible conduct of science and through a peer review service. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, with a dissertation in theoretical particle physics, and the B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with an undergraduate thesis in biophysics.


Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Lea Dougherty, J.D.

Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition
Office of Innovation Development
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Elizabeth Dougherty is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition in the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she develops, implements and supervises programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities; she coordinate the agency's ombudsman program for small businesses and entrepreneurs as mandated by the American Invents Act (AIA); she supervises the development of outreach programs to women, minority and other underserved communities; she also builds and maintains relationships with state and local governments to promote local programs that support invention and innovation in the United States. Ms. Dougherty has spearheaded a number of special projects with such organizations and oversees a portfolio of ongoing and future initiatives designed to assist independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and minorities.

Peggy Focarino

Margaret A. Focarino

Commissioner for Patents
United States Patent and Trademark Office


Margaret A. Focarino is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), she was appointed to this position in January 2012. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patents, providing administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinating the activities of patent application examination and reissues of patents. In her new role as Commissioner, Ms. Focarino will manage and lead the Patent organization as the chief operating officer. She is responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of this organization which affect the administration of patent operations which includes patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning; and administration. Ms. Focarino began her career at the USPTO in 1977 as a Patent Examiner. She became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1989 and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 1997. She received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award in 1993 for her work as a Supervisory Patent Examiner and the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for leadership in 2010 for leading a joint union and management task force that developed and implemented the first significant changes to the patent examiner work credit system in more than 30 years.

Hank Foley

Henry C. "Hank" Foley, Ph.D.


Henry C. "Hank" Foley, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Research and Economic Development at the University of Missouri System. He provides system-wide leadership for academic programs, technology-based economic development, research initiatives, student access and success, academic program review and eLearning. Previously, Hank was at Penn State for 13 years, where he most recently he served as Vice President of Research, Dean of The Graduate School at Pennsylvania State, and President of the Penn State Research Foundation. Prior to Penn State, he served on the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Delaware. Before his transition to academia, Hank worked at American Cyanamid, then a world leader in refinery catalysts. He has consulted with many companies including DuPont, Air Products, Mobil Oil, Monsanto, Engelhard Corporation and Westvaco. Hank is an inventor on 16 patents with content that includes a fast flow plasma reactor for materials processing, new kinds of bimetallic catalysts, carbon membranes for small or large molecule separations and new kinds of carbon materials for reaction and separation. He has authored over 120 peer reviewed journal articles. Hank earned a BS degree in chemistry at Providence College, a MS in physical chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in physical/inorganic chemistry from Penn State. .

Eric R. Fossum

Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D.

National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
National Academy of Engineering Member
Dartmouth College
Nai Charter Fellow

Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D., is Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Faculty Coordinator of the Ph.D. Innovation Program.  While at JPL/Caltech, he invented the CMOS image sensor used in billions of camera phones, webcams, DSLRs, swallowable pill cameras, dental x-ray sensors, and many other applications.  He co-founded Photobit to further develop and commercialize the technology which was eventually acquired by Micron.  He holds over 140 U.S. patents and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame.  He has published over 260 papers, is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, and received the IEEE Andrew Grove Award and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.  He is a founder and Past-President of the International Image Sensor Society.

Robert Grubbs

Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D.

Nai Fellow

Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D., is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He received his bachelors in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1963 and his doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University in 1968. The Grubbs group discovers new catalysts and studies their fundamental chemistry and applications. In addition to their broad usage in academic research, these catalysts are now used commercially to prepare new pharmaceuticals, composites for structural applications and for the conversion of biorenewable carbon sources into fuels and commodity chemicals. Dr. Grubbs received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis", among many other distinguished awards. Dr. Grubbs is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research has generated over 120 issued US patents.

Patrick T. Harker

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D.

University of Delware
Nai Charter Fellow

Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., is President of the University of Delaware and a research leader in service operations management and economics; financial services operations and technology; operations research methodology; and transportation systems. He holds a U.S. patent and U.S. copyright for methods optimizing transportation schedules. He has published or edited nine books and 100+ articles, and is an ISI highly cited researcher in mathematics. He serves on the advisory boards of INFORMS Service Science and Operations Research, where he was previously editor-in-chief. Harker is an INFORMS Fellow and a member of IEEE, the American Economic Association and the International Academy of Management.

Robert S. Langer

Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipient
National Medal of Science Recipient
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
David H. Koch Institute Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert S. Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT (there are 14 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). He has written more than 1,190 articles.  He also has 810 issued and pending patents worldwide.  His many awards include the United States National Medal of Science, the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Charles Stark Draper Prize (considered the engineering Nobel Prize), Albany Medical Center Prize (largest US medical prize), the Wolf Prize for Chemistry and the Lemelson-MIT prize, for being “one of history’s most prolific inventors in medicine.” Langer is one of the very few individuals ever elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. 

Cato T. Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR & Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Connecticut
nai fellow

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. is a designated University Professor at the University of Connecticut.  He is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the school. He serves as Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, and Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at the UConn Health Center. In addition, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UConn. Dr. Laurencin earned a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton, his medical degree magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from M.I.T.   He is an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Sir George Martin

Sir George Henry Martin CBE

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Producer of The Beatles
Commander of the British empire
Academy Award Winner
Six-time Grammy Award winner

A composer in his own right, George has been responsible for the music of a considerable number of films, 'A Hard Day's Night' (for which he won an Academy Awards Nomination); 'The Family Way'; John Schlesinger's 'Honky Tonk Freeway'; 'Yellow Submarine'; 'Pulp' starring Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney; 'Optimist of Nine Elms' with Peter Sellers and the Bond movie 'Live and Let Die' (for which he won a Grammy). He was also Musical Director and Composer for 'Sgt. Pepper' starring the Bee Gees and 'Give My Regards to Broad Street' and the award winning cartoon 'Rupert and The Frog Song' for Paul McCartney. He also composed The David Frost Theme, 'By George' for television and BBC Radio One's signature tune 'Theme One'. It was in 1962 that he signed The Beatles to EMI - a decision which launched them on their remarkable career, producing every record they made until they disbanded in 1970.

George has received several distinguished honors and awards including: an Academy Award in 1964, six Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1988 George was appointed C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) for his services to the music industry.  He continues to write music; perform concerts; give motivational talks; work with charities; advise broadcasters and government on music content and serves as an active research advocate.

Edith Mathiowitz

Edith Mathiowitz, Ph.D.


Dr. Edith Mathiowitz is a Professor of Medical Science and Engineering at Brown University in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology. She is the Director of the Biotechnology Graduate Program. Her extensive experience includes development of therapeutic polymer bases, drug and gene delivery systems, biomaterials, and tissue engineering. Dr. Mathiowitz directs an interdisciplinary laboratory that focuses on developing smart delivery systems based on bioadhesive polymers that enhance and prolong oral delivery of traditional oral dosage forms. She has been a pioneer in the area of Nanomedicine by developing biodegradable nanoparticles that penetrate mucosal barriers delivering active biologics. She has experience with polymers; vascular grafts, microencapsulation, nanoencapsulation and polymer based thermal sensors. To date, Professor Mathiowitz has made 120 publications, over 75 patents, 1 book, Encyclopedia of Drug Delivery; her work has been published in over 120 conference proceedings and abstracts. She is a cofounder of Perosphere.

Rina Paiva

Rini Paiva

Executive Director
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Rini Paiva is the Executive Director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). In this role, she oversees the annual Inductee Selection process for the NIHF, working with a wide-ranging group of experts in science, technology, engineering, intellectual property, and history to ultimately recognize the world's foremost patented inventors for their life-changing and innovative work. Paiva also serves as the Executive Director of the Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC), striving to bring recognition to the country's outstanding college students who create the technologies that shape the future. Both the NIHF and the CIC are a part of Invent Now, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to recognizing and fostering invention, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Paiva also encourages NIHF Inductees and CIC students to be involved in Invent Now's education programs so that they may serve as inspiration, encouragement, and examples to younger generations. With the National Inventors Hall of Fame since 1995, Paiva is an authority on the topic of U.S. invention.

Fred Reinhart

Fred Reinhart

President-elect of the Association of University Technology Managers
Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fred Reinhart is President-elect of the Association of University Technology Managers, a 3200 member international professional organization dedicated to facilitating the transfer of academic discoveries to the public through out-licensing of intellectual property to industry, creation of high-technology startup companies, and corporate collaboration.  He previously served for four years as AUTM’s Vice President for Finance.  Mr. Reinhart has over 29 years of experience as a technology transfer executive at UMass Amherst, Tufts-New England Medical Center, University of Michigan and Wayne State University.  He was also Chairman of the Michigan Biosciences Industry Association (MichBio). He is currently Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer at UMass Amherst.  He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and a graduate of the University of Michigan with an MBA degree in New Product Development and Marketing.

Jessica Sebeok

Jessica A. Sebeok

Associate Vice President for Policy
Association of American Universities

Jessica A. Sebeok is Associate Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities, where her portfolio includes intellectual property, tax, immigration, and a range of legal issues. She previously served as Counsel for Policy and International Affairs in the U.S. Copyright Office, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and as Assistant General Counsel of Yale University. Jessica received her JD from Yale Law School and her master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She also has a BA in History from the University of Chicago.

James Woodell

James K. Woodell, Ph.D.


James K. Woodell is Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Technology Policy at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), where he works closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. Serving as lead staff member for APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), Jim advances APLU's economic engagement agenda, and the public university role in innovation and economic development. Jim also coordinates the organization's advocacy efforts on technology and intellectual property issues. Jim holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University.