2015 Fellows Selection Committee

The 2015 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.

Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D

Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D


Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D., is Vice President for Research at Kansas State University. Honors to Karen include a 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, a U.S. Department of Defense Era of Hope Scholar, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. She has seven patents issued, thirteen disclosures and/or provisional patent applications recorded, with one patent serving as the basis for a diagnostics startup company. Karen has given over 200 invited presentations and authored over 140 peer reviewed publications on the subject of engineered tissues. 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.

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.

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 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 led Photobit to further develop and commercialize the technology which was eventually acquired by Micron. He holds over 150 U.S. patents and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame. He has published over 270 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.

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.

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 11 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 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 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.

Richard D. McCullough, Ph.D.

Richard D. McCullough, Ph.D.


Richard D. McCullough, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Harvard University. At Harvard, he provides leadership for interdisciplinary research initiatives, corporate and foundation development, entrepreneurship, and planning for the Allston campus. Formerly, he was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also had served as the Dean of Science, Head of Chemistry, and was the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry. He has pioneered the discovery and development of printed electronic materials, including regioregular polythiophenes, reactive metal inks, highly conductive block copolymers, transistors, solar cells, nanoelectronics, and the living synthesis of conductive polymers. He has founded two companies: Plextronics and Liquid X Printed Metals. He received hisB.S. in chemistry at the University of Texas, Dallas, a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, and did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.

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 facilitates NHF 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 a part of Invent Now, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to recognizing and fostering invention, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Paiva also encourages NIHF Inductees 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 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 30 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, 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 holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University.