Charter Fellows

Five USF faculty are named Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, honoring inventors and innovators.


By Judy Lowry

USF Research News


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2012) — Five faculty members from the University of South Florida have been named a Charter 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 highly 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 98 innovators elected to NAI Fellow status represent 54 prestigious universities and non-profit research institutes.  Together, they hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents.


Included in the Charter class are eight Nobel Laureates,  two Fellows of the Royal Society, 12 presidents of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 50 members of the National Academies (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine), 11 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, three recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, four recipients of the National Medal of Science, and 29 AAAS Fellows, among other major awards and distinctions. 


“The University of South Florida is very proud to have five distinguished faculty members among the exceptional innovators being honored by the National Academy of Inventors,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “The accomplishments of our faculty continue to propel USF into the top tier of research universities nationwide.”


NAI Charter Fellows from USF include:


Richard D. Gitlin
Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering


D. Yogi Goswami
Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Clean Energy Research Center


Barbara C. Hansen
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Preclinical Research


Shyam Mohapatra
Distinguished Health Professor, Vice Chair for Research in Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Translational Medicine, USF Nanomedicine Research Center


Paul R. Sanberg
Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery in the Morsani College of Medicine


USF’s NAI Charter Fellows are featured on the university’s Faculty Honors, Prizes and Awards website at


The NAI Charter Fellows will be inducted as Fellows by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Margaret A. Focarino, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, during the 2nd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 22 in Tampa at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the USF Research Park. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy and a rosette pin. 


The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Charter Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated 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.  


The NAI Fellows Selection Committee was comprised of recipients of National Medals, a National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, 14 members from the National Academies, senior officials from the USPTO, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the United Inventors Association, and leaders from several research universities.


The NAI was founded at the University of South Florida and is headquartered in the USF Research Park.


A full list of the 2012 NAI Charter Fellows is here:


Judy Lowry can be reached at