Academy News: SMU Joins NAI & Other Member Highlights

Southern Methodist University Joins and Member News

SMU Joins, Member News & Important Dates

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Southern Methodist University Joins the NAI

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private research university located near the heart of Texas. Founded in 1911 by what is now The United Methodist Church, SMU is a distinguished center for global research with a liberal arts tradition… Read More

To learn more about the many benefits of NAI Institutional Membership or to join the Academy, please visit academyofinventors.org/benefits.asp or contact Lauren Maradei by e-mail or call (813) 974-0820.

ICYMI: Call for Nominations and Submissions

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the USA’s leading innovators.
Nominations due April 6.
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Know an inventive student? Encourage them to apply for the Collegiate Inventors Competition.
Entries due June 8.
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Upcoming Chapter Events:
March 19: University of Oregon Chapter Launch
March 27: University of Kentucky Chapter Launch
March 29: Arizona State University Chapter Event

NAI Welcomes New Member Institution Representatives: 
Mark A. Barteau, Texas A&M University
Melur K. (Ram) Ramasubramanian, University of Virginia
Steven L. Small, University of California, Irvine
James E. Quick, Southern Methodist University
John C. Keller, The University of Iowa

East Carolina University honors three faculty inventors

Three prominent East Carolina University (ECU) inventors were honored by the ECU Chapter of the NAI during the university’s annual research and inventor recognition program on February 20. Chancellor Cecil Staton recognized ECU  NAI Chapter Members Qun Lu (left), Yan-Hua Chen (center), and Mark Mannie (right) for their patented contributions to science and technology, including a treatment for immune disorders and a method of cancer detection.

USPTO Unveils Redesigned U.S. Patent Cover
For the second time in a hundred years, the USPTO has redesigned the U.S. patent cover. The new design, which pays homage to the classic elegance of its predecessors, was unveiled March 11, 2018, at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, ahead of the 10 millionth patent issuance in the summer. Follow and spread the word about 10 Million Patents with USPTO on Twitter!

Please join us in Washington D.C. next month for another exciting annual meeting!
The deadline to register is March 26th!
View updated Conference Agenda including final list of speakers and panels

Click HERE to register for the 2018 Annual Meeting

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Southern Methodist University (SMU) is the nationally ranked global research university in the dynamic city of Dallas. SMU’s alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students in seven degree-granting schools demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as they lead change in their professions, communities and the world. SMU faculty, staff and students have secured patents over the past 20 years for things ranging from new algorithms to additive manufacturing. SMU boasts many centers and institutes which offer the opportunities for scholarly research and writing, conferences, periodic lectures, and symposia. The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security develops and delivers solutions to challenging cyber security problems and is committed to training the next generation of cyber defenders. The Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing researches and develops new, sophisticated manufacturing technology and is part of the highly competitive National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing. The Lyle School’s Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity provides opportunities for students from across disciplines to develop technologies to improve the lives of the global poor. Communications giant AT&T and SMU have forged an important partnership through the AT&T Center for Virtualization, where research focuses on fast, reliable cloud-based solutions. The Office of Engaged Learning, through the Big iDeas Program, provides grant money for interdisciplinary student teams who can successfully pitch, plan and launch new and viable business ideas that bring value to society.

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The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 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.