Fellows Selection Committee

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.

Mary Albertson

Immediate Past President, Association of University Technology Manager
Senior Licensing Associate, Stanford University

Mary Albertson is the Immediate Past President of AUTM, and a Senior Associate at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), where she has worked for more than two decades supporting academic research commercialization. Albertson manages technologies – from evaluation through to licensing – in the life sciences and medical devices fields. She is involved in information management, the analysis of technology transfer business processes and information collection systems.

Norman R. Augustine

Norm 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

Harbor Lights Endowed Chair
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador
NAI Fellow

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 licenses serving as the foundation for a thriving 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 was the principal investigator for the 2015 National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps L (NSF I-Corps L) Team Flipped Research Mentoring and a member of the 2016 NSF I-Corps L teaching team. She served as a member of the United States delegation at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India.

Anne H. 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.

Stephanie Couch, PhD

Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Stephanie Couch, PhD is the Executive Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, a nonprofit with a mission to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. She has more than a decade of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education policy, research, development and strategic fundraising. She leads the program’s research efforts, partnership development, and guides the Lemelson-MIT Program’s national awards and grants initiatives. 

Couch previously served as the interim Associate Vice President for Research, Bayer Executive Director at the Institute for STEM Education, and Director of the Gateways East Bay STEM Network at California State University at East Bay. Couch also helped design and launch the statewide California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). She has won numerous awards for her leadership role in advancing STEM education in California. She was selected as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business in 2016 and inducted into Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in the education category. In 2015, she received the Biotechnology Educator of the Year Award from California Life Sciences Association.

Elizabeth Lea Dougherty, J.D.

Senior Advisor
Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition, USPTO

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. Elizabeth has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States. She oversees a portfolio of ongoing and future initiatives designed to assist independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and underserved communities.

Elizabeth is currently on a special assignment to the USPTO’s Office of the Under Secretary and Director where she serves as a Senior Advisor.  Directly prior to this special assignment, Elizabeth was detailed to the USPTO’s Office of Government Affairs where she was and continues to assist in coordinating outreach to the Congressional Caucuses of the 115th Congress.  Prior to her current assignment at the USPTO, she served in various executive service roles, most recently as Acting Deputy Director in the Office of Patent Legal Administration. In this capacity, she was responsible for the oversight and direction of a team of senior legal advisors and staff assisting the Patent Examining Corps in matters of legal policy. Having begun her career at the USPTO as a patent examiner, Elizabeth examined patent applications filed in the area of Class 73, Electric Devices used for Measuring or Testing.

Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D.

Eric R. Fossum

Queen Elizabeth Prize Laureate
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.

Andrew H. Hirshfeld, Esq.

Andrew Hirshfeld

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.

Linda Hosler

Deputy Program Manager at
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Linda Hosler is Deputy Program Manager in the Office of the Chief Communications Officer at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she works on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor in technological achievement. She also manages the agency’s partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Prior to working at the USPTO, she worked in science outreach, engagement, and communications for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Ms. Hosler has a master’s degree in evolutionary biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and blends her science background with her communications and outreach experience to support better engagement between scientific and public audiences.

Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.

Robert S. Langer

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 1,400 articles. He also has over 1,300 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 National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering ,the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Sciences.

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

Cato T. Laurencin

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.


Shirley M. Malcom, Ph.D.

Shirley Malcom

Head, Education and Human Resources Programs
American Association for The Advancement of Science

Shirley Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS. She works to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields as well as to enhance public science literacy. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and a regent of Morgan State University, and a member of the SUNY Research Council. She is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, masters in zoology from UCLA and bachelor’s with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She holds 16 honorary degrees.

Arthur Molella, Director Emeritus 

Director Emeritus
Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation

Arthur Molella, Ph.D., was the founding director, now emeritus, of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He received his Ph.D. in the history of science from Cornell University and a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Westminster University, U.K (2005). At the National Museum of American History, he served variously as curator of electricity, chairman of the Department of History of Science and Technology, and assistant director for History. At Johns Hopkins University, he has served as  Senior Lecturer, Dept. History of Science, and currently Lecturer M.A. in Museum Studies, On-Line, Advanced Academic Programs. He was head curator of the Smithsonian’s Science in American Life exhibition, co-curator of the international exhibition, Nobel Voices. 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 books include Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (MIT, 2008), Places of Invention (Smithsonian, 2015), and World’s Fairs on the Eve of War (Pittsburgh, 2015). He has published many articles and reviews, supplied on request.  In addition to serving on the Executive Advisory Board of the National Academy of Inventors, he is on the board of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

Rini Paiva

Rini Paiva

Executive Vice President for Selection and Recognition
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Rini Paiva is the Executive Vice President for Selection and Recognition, 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. In addition, Paiva facilitates 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 provides oversight for the NIHF Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, which features the life-changing Inductees of the NIHF and demonstrates the power of intellectual property and innovation. Also integral to her work is encouraging 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.

Andrew Rathmann-Noonan

Andy Rathmann-Noonan

Executive Director
National Science and Technology Medals Foundation

Andy Rathmann-Noonan is the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation (NSTMF). The NSTMF is a D.C. based non-profit that focuses on inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals and the general public through the incredible stories and contributions of the National Medal of Science (NMS) and National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) Laureates. The Foundation works with the White House, USPTO, and NSF to support the NMS and NMTI programs while also independently creating programs that create environments where inspiration can occur. The NSTMF focuses on bringing the accomplishments of the Laureates into the public space through the celebration and acknowledgment of America’s best and brightest. Rathmann-Noonan believes that the individual narratives of each Laureate as well as their accomplishments can serve as powerful positive motivating forces for individuals both young and old.

Jessica A. Sebeok

Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations and Counsel for Policy

Jessica Sebeok has served at AAU since August 2014. As the Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations and Counsel for Policy, she has primary responsibilities for issues related to intellectual property and information technology and technology transfer. She shares responsibilities for a wide range of other regulatory, compliance and legal issues that affect research universities. She is the lead staff for the AAU Council on Federal Relations and the AAU General Counsels Committee.

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 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 earned her BA in History from the University of Chicago.

Phillip Singerman

Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Phillip Singerman is the Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this capacity he is responsible for the NIST suite of external partnership programs, including the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the Office of Advanced Manufacturing, NIST technology transfer, economic analysis, and small business innovation research awards. 

Singerman has more than 35 years of experience in tech based economic development; he was the first chief executive of two of the best known and longest lasting private-public partnerships; the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation. During the Clinton Administration he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, a Presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation. 

James K. Woodell, Ph.D.

James K. (Jim) Woodell, Ph.D. helps to realize the economic and societal impact of higher education. He provides professional services to institutions of higher education, and to their current and prospective partners in the private, civic, and government sectors. Spanning multiple areas of impact, his expertise includes: community development and improved quality of life in regions through higher education engagement, outreach, and public service; education, training, and workforce development, including strategies for design and delivery of programs; and R&D and innovation, including technological advancement, entrepreneurship, and regional technology-based economic development.

Woodell recently served as Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), where he worked closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. He served as the staff director for APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), and also the organization’s Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), advancing APLU’s economic and community engagement agenda. Woodell maintains APLU’s strong presence in national issues related to the economic and social impacts of public research universities.


 2019 NAI Fellows Advisory Committee