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World-Renowned Academic Inventors and Aspiring Innovators to Gather at NAI Conference in Boston

March 21, 2017

The 6th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors will take place Apr. 5-7

More than 350 of the nation’s most accomplished inventors will gather at the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Sixth Annual Conference in Boston, April 5-7. Northeastern University is a host institution for the conference and Nadine Aubry, Dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, is an NAI Fellow and a member of the program committee. She will also be moderating a panel discussion at the conference.

The conference will feature keynote speeches by Andrew Hirshfeld, U.S. Commissioner for Patents; Lisa Seacat DeLuca, IBM’s most prolific female inventor; and H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel Laureate and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The meeting also will feature the NAI’s inaugural Student Innovation Showcase. The showcase offers a unique platform for students from around the nation to demonstrate inventions to the nation’s leading innovators with the aim of translating science and discovery into real-world applications with the potential of impacting lives around the world.

Six interdisciplinary student teams representing Arizona State University; Dartmouth College; University of Delaware; University of Florida; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been selected to exhibit their inventions to a panel of NAI Fellows. All teams have filed a provisional U.S. patent on their technologies.

The theme of the NAI’s sixth annual conference is “Recognizing Pillars of Academic Innovation” and the program features presentations on topics such as Changing the Academic Innovation Landscape; Issues Relating to Public Policy; and Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Drive the Future of Innovation. 

On April 6, the NAI will induct the newest class of Fellows at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, where the USPTO’s Hirshfeld will deliver a keynote address.

With the induction of the 2016 class, among all NAI Fellows there are now 94 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes; 382 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 31 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 45 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; 28 Nobel Laureates; 216 AAAS Fellows; 126 IEEE Fellows; and 116 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.

Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents, have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 1.1 million jobs. In addition, over $100 billion in revenue has been generated based on the discoveries of NAI Fellows.

A detailed conference agenda is available at Invited papers from the conference will be published in the NAI journal Technology and Innovation.  

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 240 institutions, and growing rapidly. Our mission is to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the USPTO, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Learn more at