Who is a Senior Member?

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists, and administrators with success in patents, licensing, and commercialization and have produced technologies that have brought or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They are rising stars who foster a spirit of innovation within their communities and institutions while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors. Senior Membership is exclusively available to inventors affiliated with an active NAI Member Institution. There are currently 553 Senior Members, holding over 6,700 U.S. patents and representing over 100 NAI Member Institutions worldwide.

Benefits of Senior Membership

  • National recognition for achievements and discoveries
  • Connectivity to the premier global network of the top academic innovators and inventors
  • Publishing discount for NAI’s multi-disciplinary journal Technology & Innovation

How to Nominate a Senior Member

The Academy accepts Senior Member nominations from October to December and elects the annual Senior Member Class in February.

Nomination Review Process

Nominations are reviewed by the Senior Member Advisory Committee. The committee is a peer group comprised of NAI Members, Fellows, Senior Members, among others.