Election to National Academy of Inventors Fellow status is a significant professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating and facilitating outstanding inventions that have made an impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Nominees must be a named inventor on at least one patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and must be affiliated with a university, nonprofit research institute or other academic entity.

Academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of Fellow are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.


Wen Jin Meng, PhD, was elected to the rank of National Academy of Inventor Fellow in 2014. Dr. Meng is a Gerald Cire & Lena Grand Williams Professor of Mechanical Engineering at LSU. In addition to being a distinguished LSU professor, Dr. Meng is the founder and CEO of Enervana Technologies, LLC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he has six patents to his name, two of which have been issued while he was a professor at LSU.

In March, Dr. Meng was inducted as a National Academy of Inventors Fellow as part of the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

There are a total of 414 National of Academy of Inventors Fellows, representing more than 150 institutions.

Dr. Meng is among excellent company. Of all the National Academy of Inventors Fellows, there are 61 presidents and senior leadership of research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies (National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineers, National Academy of Medicine), 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel

Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 112 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, and 62 Institute   of   Electrical   and   Electronics Engineers Fellows, among other awards and distinctions.


Collectively, the 414 National Academy of Inventors Fellows hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.



Bobby Matthews, PhD, currently serves as Director of the Office of Assessment & Evaluation.

In 2004 Dr. Matthews was fundamental in working with the Louisiana Secretary of State to coordinate the development of a state-mandated notarial law study guide for the Louisiana Notary Examination titled, “Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice.”

As this product stemmed from Dr. Matthews’ efforts through a contract with the Louisiana Secretary of State, LSU owns and controls the copyright to the publication. This copyright is licensed to the Louisiana Secretary of State so that it is able to print and sell copies of the book publicly to potential examinees who are preparing for the exam.

Since the laws that govern the notarial practice change on a regular basis, the study guide must be regularly revised. Dr. Matthews coordinates the revision process. Additionally, Dr. Matthews coordinates development, administration, and evaluation of the examination, which is administered twice annually.

All of these efforts have been performed by Dr. Matthews and his team at the Office of Assessment & Evaluation as a true public service to the community and the State. The license agreement between LSU and the Louisiana Secretary of State has led to substantial royalties to LSU over the last ten years.