NAI Welcomes 95 New Emerging Innovators

Tampa, FL – February 14, 2023

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) welcomes 95 of the foremost emerging academic inventors identified from NAI’s Member Institutions to their 2023 class of Senior Members.


NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists, and administrators from NAI Member Institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing, and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.


This latest class of NAI Senior Members, the largest to date, demonstrates a shared commitment to celebrate the diversity of the academic ecosystem, with 48 outstanding female and/or minority academic inventors included. Hailing from 50 NAI member institutions and research universities across the nation, this impressive class is named inventors on over 1200 issued U.S. patents with 96 of those being licensed.


“I’m delighted to see how this program has expanded in just a couple years’ time,” said Paul R. Sanberg, FNAI, President of NAI, “It really reflects the shift we are seeing at universities and the general academic space where invention is not only being awarded, but prioritized as well.”


The ability to nominate an individual for NAI Senior Member recognition is an exclusive opportunity afforded to NAI Member Institutions to recognize their outstanding innovators and foster an inclusive culture of innovation and invention on their campuses. Each of these member organizations are widely regarded as innovation powerhouses which continuously promote and foster the spirit of innovation.


The 2023 class of Senior Members will be celebrated at NAI’s Annual Meeting, Diversifying Innovation for a Strong Economy and a Sustainable Future, taking place June 25-27th, 2023 in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the event and register, visit


A full list of NAI Senior Members is available here.