Floudas named Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Floudas _web _2015Dr. Christodoulos A. Floudas, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute and the Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status 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 impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

The NAI Fellows will be inducted on April 15, as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patents, Andrew Hirshfeld will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal and rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.

Floudas is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. He has received numerous awards and honors for teaching and research, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011, being named a SIAM Fellow in 2013, a TIAS Fellow and Eminent Scholar for 2013-14, and AIChE Fellow in 2013, a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and recipient of the Constantin Caratheodory Prize in 2015.

Floudas earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986 and joined the faculty at Princeton University as an assistant professor later that year. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Floudas was a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton and served as the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science.

A total of 168 individuals were named NAI Fellows, bringing the total number of Fellows to 582, representing more than 190 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions.

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. These academic luminaries have made a significant impact to the economy through innovative discoveries, creating startup companies and enhancing the culture of academic inventions. 

Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 80 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 310 members of the other National Academies (NAS, NAE, NAM), 27 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 32 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, 27 Nobel Laureates, 14 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 170 AAAS Fellows, and 98 IEEE Fellows. 

ABOUT NAI: The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) non profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY). www.academyofinventors.org.