USF Inventors to Celebrate Founding of National Academy

More than 160 USF inventors to be inducted into national academy.

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2010) – More than 160 members of the USF Academy of Inventors will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors™ (NAI) at their 2nd annual luncheon on Monday Oct. 11, at 11:30 a.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the USF Research Park. The luncheon is part of USF's ResearchOne week of events.

The academy was established at USF in 2009 to recognize the contributions of scientist-inventors across all disciplines of the USF community. This year's luncheon will celebrate the USF Academy becoming the founding chapter of the NAI. All members will receive the NAI lapel pin and certificate of membership. The NAI currently has five Charter Member Institutions, including USF, Georgetown University, University of Cincinnati, University of Akron, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The luncheon, sponsored by Smith & Hopen, P.A., will feature the presentation of the 2010 Excellence in Innovation Awards, and posters of this year's 66 patents awarded to USF inventors. Keynote speaker, James J. Wynne, Ph.D., internationally acclaimed IBM inventor and inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, will share his personal story of inventing the ultraviolet laser for LASIK eye surgery in “From Thanksgiving Leftovers to LASIK Surgery.”

There is no cost for the luncheon for academy members. USF faculty and staff who are not academy members may attend by purchasing a ticket for $25. To register for the luncheon, click here. Registration deadline is Sept. 27. For questions, contact Connie Carr at 813-974-0466, or

Sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation, ResearchOne 2010 takes place Oct. 11-15, and celebrates the work of USF faculty, staff and student researchers, scientists, scholars and inventors with a variety of speakers, poster presentations, displays, lab tours, award ceremonies and more.

A complete calendar of ResearchOne events can be found here.

ResearchOne sponsors include: Smith and Hopen, P.A.; Florida High Tech Corridor; Draper Laboratory and Embassy Suites Hotel / Tampa-USF near Busch Gardens.

Event Contacts:

Sponsorships: Judy Lowry, 974-3181,
Event Scheduling: Lynn Cooil, 974-8124,