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UH Professor Named Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

By Bryan Luhn 713-743-0954

Professor Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen, an associate professor in the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering, has been named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The University of Houston now has 36 faculty members in the NAI.

"Today, we proudly celebrate the well-deserved induction of our esteemed colleague, Jinghong Chen, as a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors,” said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, vice president of energy and innovation at UH. “This honor not only recognizes Professor Chen’s achievements but also reflects the University of Houston’s commitment to groundbreaking research and innovation. Together, we are shaping a future where innovation knows no bounds.”

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists, and administrators from NAI member institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing, and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.

Chen is a world-renowned expert in high-speed and radio-frequency integrated circuit technologies. He holds 10 U.S. patents and several of his inventions have been commercially licensed.

“I deeply appreciate my colleagues for their great support and inspiration on technology innovation,” Chen said. “This recognition motivates me to keep working hard on the disclosure of intellectual property, mentoring innovative students and translating our inventions to benefit society.”

Following their nomination, individuals undergo a rigorous selection process by the NAI Senior Member Advisory Committee, which is composed of elected NAI Fellows who are considered pioneers in their respective fields. This latest class of 124 Senior Members is the largest to date, representing 60 member institutions across the country. Collectively, they are named on more than 1,000 U.S. patents with 344 of those being licensed technologies and commercialized products.

“This year’s class of Senior Members is truly a testament to the outstanding innovation happening at NAI Member Institutions and what happens when the academic space encourages and celebrates invention and commercialization,” said Paul R. Sanberg, President of NAI. “We are proud to welcome these outstanding academic inventors to the Academy and look forward to supporting and celebrating them as they continue in their innovation journeys.”

The 2024 class of Senior Members will be celebrated at the 12th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors on Monday, June 26, in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the event and register, visit

A full list of NAI Senior Members is available here.

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