John Klier Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

John Klier
John Klier

John Klier, head of chemical engineering, has been named a 2016 National Academy of Inventors fellow.

The new class of NAI fellows will be inducted April 6 as part of the academy’s Sixth Annual Conference at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Andrew H. Hirshfeld, U.S. commissioner for patents, will give the keynote address. The new fellows will be presented with a trophy, medal and rosette pin.

Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and welfare of society.

Klier says, “It is a wonderful honor to be named among the accomplished inventors to the National Academy of Inventors. I hope this recognition will contribute to the university’s reputation and have a positive impact in translating our leading research into useful and practical innovations for the benefit of society.”

Klier, who joined the department of chemical engineering in 2015, says he is focusing on growing the department, building new research and teaching programs and developing external relationships.

Prior to coming to UMass Amherst, he was global research and development director for the performance materials and chemicals segment at Dow Chemical Company. He began at Dow in 1989, working in several research and development roles in the areas of colloid and interfacial science, polymer science and new business growth.

His awards and accomplishments at Dow included the title of Dow Distinguished Fellow, representing the highest scientific level within the corporation.

Klier earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 1984 and his master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served as adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Michigan State University.

With the election of the 2016 class, there are now 757 NAI fellows, representing 229 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2016 fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective U.S. patents held by all NAI fellows to more than 26,000.  

According to the 2016 NAI Activities Report, published in July, NAI fellows have generated more than 8,500 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 1.1 million jobs, with over $100 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.