In Celebration of Black History Month


In Celebration of Black History Month

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The NAI Honors the Pioneering Contributions of Black Inventors

The NAI is proud to recognize Black innovators of the past, present and future and their vital work in science, technology, and engineering––this month and every month. Within the NAI Fellows Program alone, leading Black inventors are responsible for breakthroughs in fiber optics, anesthesiology, and human-centered computing, among many other fields. Join us as we celebrate the inventions and legacies of our Fellows and other important figures this month on Twitter.

Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with the NAI

The NAI is honored to have three historically black college and universities (HBCUs) among our membership: Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. HBCUs play a critical role in training countless African-American scientists and engineers to the benefit of the greater scientific community and global economy. Click the logos below to learn more about the exciting initiatives underway at these three NAI Member Institutions.

NAI Student Innovation Spotlight

Pictured: Virtual Traffic Stop team members Jessica Jones, Michelle Emamdie, Isabel Laurenceau, and DeKita Moon presenting at the 2017 NAI Student Innovation Showcase
Together with NAI Fellow Juan Gilbert, four students (pictured above) from the University of Florida are developing Virtual Traffic Stop to make interactions between law enforcement and citizens safer for all involved. By using this app during routine traffic stops, both parties could communicate with each other from the safety of their vehicles through a video-conference… Read More
Applications for the 2018 NAI Student Innovation Showcase are being accepted until close of business on February 14, 2018.
Encourage your inventive students to submit.






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 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. 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


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