BATON ROUGE – LSU Professor and Vice President of Research & Economic Development K.T. Valsaraj has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI.
Valsaraj is now one of 582 NAI Fellows representing more than 190 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. These academic luminaries have positively influenced the economy through cutting-edge discoveries, creating startup companies and enhancing the culture of academic invention.
The 2015 Fellows account for more than 5,300 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 20,000.
The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, and support and enhancement of innovation in their field.
“This is a recognition of our progress in technology commercialization and the role that LSU plays in the overall economic development efforts within the state. I am also delighted that my own research, which has gone from the laboratory to large-scale industrial implementation, has been recognized by this award,” Valsaraj said.
Being elected as an NAI Fellow is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible improvement on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
Several NAI Fellows are presidents or senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes; Nobel Laureates; members of the National Academies; inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; and recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, among other awards and distinctions.
The NAI Fellows will be inducted on April 15 as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, in Alexandria, Va. USPTO Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony.
Valsaraj is a Charles & Hilda Roddey Distinguished Professor, an Ike East Professor and vice president of research and economic development at LSU. He received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University and master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. His research involves several areas of environmental, chemical and materials engineering.
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