Christos Dimitrakopoulos, professor of chemical engineering, is among 66 academic inventors named by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) to the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members. This inaugural class represents 37 NAI member institutions, including research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. They are named inventors on more than 1,100 issued U.S. patents.
Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators at NAI Member Institutions with success in patents, licensing and commercialization. They have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.
The NAI says Senior Members also foster a spirit of innovation within their communities through enhancing an inventive atmosphere at their institutions, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors. The NAI aims to honor members’ achievements and contributions to the innovation ecosystem at their institutions.
“The election of the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members is a significant designation for a group of prolific inventors from NAI Member Institutions who are collectively a driving force in American innovation,” said Paul R. Sanberg, NAI President. “This is truly an accomplishment worth celebrating.”
Dimitrakopoulos, who joined the university as a professor in 2013, holds 87 U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications in journals and proceedings, with a total citation count of more than 21,451. He has given more than 70 invited talks at national and international conferences and academic, government and industrial institutions.