Dr. Felix Okojie, Vice President for Research and Federal Relations at Jackson State University, accepted the invitation to serve on the selection committee of the charter class of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) fellows.
As a member of the selection committee, Okojie will join a peer group comprised of members from the national academies, recipients of national medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, NAI fellows and senior officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), among others.
According to NAI, “the selection committee will be tasked with electing candidates to the NAI fellow status, which is the highest 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.”
Jackson State University is the first Historically Black College or University to become a charter member of NAI. The JSU chapter of NAI currently consists of 11 members. NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage academic inventors who have a patent issued from the USPTO and translating the inventions of its members to benefit society.