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Are You An Inventor?

Published: December 5, 2016

CSULB has many inventors in its midst, from the College of the Arts to the College of Engineering. On Thursday, Dec. 8, all are invited to attend the first meeting of the newly formed National Academy of Inventors (NAI) chapter at CSULB.

“Membership in the National Academy of Inventors is significant to a university such as CSULB, which prides itself for innovation,” said College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani, who holds nine patents himself. “The inaugural meeting of the CSULB chapter is a milestone since, for the first time, it brings together all CSULB inventors.”

The NAI is a national nonprofit organization with 145 member institutions and 3,000 individual members and Fellows. The academy publishes a report with the Intellectual Property Owners Association naming the top invention-producing 100 universities globally, edits the multidisciplinary journal Technology and Innovation, and produces an annual conference.

All CSULB inventors are invited to attend the chapter meeting, which will be held on from 1-2 p.m. in ECS-304. President Jane Close Conoley and Provost Brian Jersky will be in attendance. To qualify as an inventor, one must hold a provisional or nonprovisional patent.

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“The fact that both President Conoley and Provost Jersky will be participating indicates the importance of identifying campus innovators,” Golshani said.

The NAI was founded in 2010 by Paul Sanberg, a neuroscientist, entrepreneur, inventor and the senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida. The NAI weighs in on current issues of public policy by publishing articles on topics of importance to its members.