Congratulations to MCL Director, Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo, for being elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The announcement was made by the NAI President, Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, on December 8.

This year’s class includes three professors at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Gerald Loeb, professor of biomedical engineering and neurology; Keith Chugg, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Jay Kuo, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science.

The 2020 NAI Fellow class has 175 academic innovators from across the world. It represents 115 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide. They collectively hold over 4,700 issued U.S. patents. Among the 2020 Fellows are recipients of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and Nobel Prize, as well as other honors and distinctions. Their collective body of research covers a range of scientific disciplines including biomedical engineering, computer engineering, materials science, and physics.

With the election of the 2020 class, there are now 1,403 NAI Fellows worldwide, representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. To date, NAI Fellows hold more than 42,700 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than 36 million jobs. In addition, over $2.2 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.