2016 Fellows Selection Committee

The 2016 Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of 19 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

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.

Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D

Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D


Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D., is Professor and Harbor Lights Endowed Chair in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia (UGA). Prior to joining UGA, she served as vice president for research and professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University. Honors to Karen include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the inaugural Swiss AO Research Prize, recognition as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s TR100 Young Innovator, an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, an American Council on Education Fellow, an International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering Fellow, a Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow, a US Department of Defense Era of Hope Scholar, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. Karen has given over 200 invited presentations and authored over 140 peer reviewed publications on the subject of engineered tissues. She has seven patents issued, fifteen disclosures and/or provisional patent applications recorded, with one patent serving as the basis for a diagnostics company. A Burg invention was one of ten technologies featured in the inaugural Avon Foundation for Women - National Institutes of Health - Center for Advancing Innovation Breast Cancer Start-Up Challenge. Karen served as the principal investigator for the 2015 National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps L (NSF I-Corps L) Team Flipped Research Mentoring and is a member of the 2016 NSF I-Corps L teaching team.

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. Anne co-authored two books: Brand Rewired and Domain Rewired, published by John Wiley. In 2014, Anne was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by The Ohio State University, John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

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 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.

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 a Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Director 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 and co-led Photobit to further develop and commercialize the technology. An early Photobit sensor and camera is on display in the National Museum of American History. He later served as CEO of MEMS startup Siimpel Corp. After working with Samsung Electronics he joined Dartmouth in 2010. He holds over 160 U.S. patents and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame. He has published over 280 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, serves on several boards, and is a Trustee of Trinity College. He is a 2016-2017 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.

Florence P. Haseltine

Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D.


Florence Pat Haseltine, PhD, MD is an NIH Emerita Scientist. Haseltine is a molecular biologist and an Obstetrician Gynecologist. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and an AAAS fellow, she has been cited for her work in medical advocacy, notably as founder of the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) in 1990. Her patents include one for protective wheelchair containers and another for secure internet commerce. In 1995, she founded Haseltine Systems, which manufactures and sells the containers. As a pioneer in women’s health research, she was the founding editor of the Journal of Women’s Health. Her scholarly publications are in the area of sex differentiation, and she also wrote “Woman Doctor”, a best-selling novel about her medical training published in 1977. Since achieving Emerita status, Haseltine works with scientific organizations developing databases and digital applications to disseminate their important work.

Andrew Hirshfeld

Andrew H. Hirshfeld, Esq.

Commissioner for Patents
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Andrew (Drew) Hirshfeld is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was appointed to the position in July 2015. He leads and manages more than 10,000 employees as the patent organization’s chief operating officer, and manages and directs all aspects of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. In his previous role as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, Mr. Hirshfeld served as an authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice and procedure, and provided oversight and direction for the Offices of Petitions, Patent Legal Administration, and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. Mr. Hirshfeld previously served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO in 1994 as a Patent Examiner, became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 2001, and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2008 as a Group Director in Technology Center 2100, Computer Architecture and Software. Mr. Hirshfeld holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

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 13 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 1,300 articles. He also has over 1,100 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 the National Academy of Medicine and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. Internationally, he is a Fellow (Associate) of the African Academy of Sciences, an elected Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and an Academician and Member (foreign) of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Dr. Laurencin is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, America's highest honor for technological achievement.

Robert J. Lefkowitz

Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D.


Dr. Lefkowitz received his B.A. and M.D. from Columbia University; did clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Columbia Presbyterian and Massachusetts General Hospitals; research training as an Associate at the National Institutes of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases; joined the Duke University faculty in 1973 where he is currently the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1976, He is most well known for his discovery of the large family of G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCRs) and of the two families of proteins which regulate them, the G protein-coupled receptor kinases and β -arrestins. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He has received more than 70 awards including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2012), the National Medical of Science (2007), the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine (2007) and the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (2007).

Willie E. May

Willie E. May, Ph.D.


Willie E. May, Ph.D. was confirmed by Congress on May 4, 2015 as the 15th Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the 2nd Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. Previously, he was Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, and prior to that, he led NIST's chemical research portfolio for more than 20 years. Currently, Dr. May also leads the technical infrastructure of the International System of Units as the Vice President of the International Committee on Weights and Measures, serves on the External Advisory Boards for the UK's National Physical Laboratory and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Co-Chairs the U.S. National Commission of Forensic Science with the Deputy U.S. Attorney General. Dr. May’s awards include the Department of Commerce’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Federal Executive and an Honorary Doctor of Science from Wake Forest University. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Arthur Molella, Ph.D.

Arthur Molella, Ph.D.


Arthur Molella, Ph.D., is Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He was the Center's founding director. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of science from Cornell University and was awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Westminster University, U.K. At the National Museum of American History, he has served as curator of electricity, chairman of the Department of History of Science and Technology, and assistant director for History. He is also senior lecturer in the Department History of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University. He was head curator of the Smithsonian's Science in American Life exhibition, co-curator of the international exhibition, Nobel Voices, and curator Making a Modern Museum: celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Museum of American History. With colleagues at Westminster and Johns Hopkins Universities, he is co-sponsor of the International Eco-city Initiative. He has published and lectured widely on the history of science, invention, technology, and modern technological culture. His recent publications include such books as Inventing for the Environment (MIT, 2003), Cultures of Innovation (Comparative Technology Transfer and Society, special vol. 5, 2007), Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (MIT, 2008), Places of Invention (Smithsonian, 2015). In addition to the National Academy of Inventors, he serves on the boards of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the MIT Museum.

Alexander Nicholas

Alexander Nicholas, Ph.D.


Dr. Alexander Nicholas leads the development of the Foundation’s work in higher education. He believes in the power of education and invention to change lives and solve important societal changes. As such, he supports the development of a pipeline of inventors and invention-based businesses in the US and seeds the development of education ecosystems in developing countries to alleviate the burdens of people living in poverty. Alexander also believes in the importance of investing in the next generation of change makers and works to incubate student startups and expand student engagement in STEM coursework in higher learning facilities. Before joining the Foundation, Alexander worked as a senior policy advisor at the US Department of Commerce and as American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. In these roles he led committees and programs focused on innovation and green technology. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Committee for Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity at the Association Public and Land-Grant Universities where he advises on challenges and opportunities at the intersection of higher education and innovation. Alexander received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Florida State University before performing postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Rina Paiva

Rini Paiva

Executive Director
National Inventors Hall of Fame, Recognition and Selection

Rini Paiva is the Executive Director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), Recognition and Selection. 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 facilitates NIHF Inductee involvement with the Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC), which brings recognition to the country's outstanding college students who create the technologies that shape the future. Both the NIHF and the CIC are dedicated to recognizing and fostering invention, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Paiva also encourages NIHF Inductees to be involved in the organization’s education programs, Camp Invention and Invention Project, 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.

John P. Palafoutas

John P. Palafoutas

Program Manager,
National Medal of Technology and Innovation
United States Patent and Trademark Office

John P. Palafoutas manages the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) within the Department of Commerce, which administers the program. The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States on America's leading innovators. John’s other duties include oversight of the USPTO’s relationship with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and its intellectual property education programs, Camp Invention and the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Previously, he was the executive director of the Task Force on American Innovation, a non-partisan alliance of US industry, academia, and science, supporting federally-funded scientific research and promoting its benefits to America's economy, security, and quality of life. John is an Army veteran, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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, 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.

David Winwood

David Winwood, Ph.D., RTTP

President, Association of University Technology Managers
Associate Executive Director,
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

David Winwood, Ph.D., RTTP, is Associate Executive Director at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Additionally, he is President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a 3,200 member nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy. He previously served for three years as AUTM’s Vice President for Advocacy. Before starting his university technology transfer career he worked in research, business development and company leadership roles in three startup businesses, with responsibilities including fund raising and corporate partnership development. He is designated a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) by The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), the international body for professionals engaged in technology transfer. A frequent speaker on technology transfer issues, he recently testified on patent reform in the United States Senate. He holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry and an M.A. in liberal studies.

James Woodell

James K. Woodell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

James K. Woodell is Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement 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 holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University.

2016 NAI Fellows Advisory Committee