ASU professors named to Academy of Inventors

Business News | 22 Dec, 2014 |

Arizona State University professors Stuart Lindsay and Michael Kozicki have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to the academy’s fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made an impact on the quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Those named today bring the total number of NAI Fellows to 414, representing more than 150 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions.

“Doctors Kozicki and Lindsay exemplify the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of faculty and researchers at ASU. They have made outstanding contributions to their fields, economic development and society,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU. “It is a great honor to have the NAI recognize their innovative and use-inspired work.”

Stuart Lindsay is a University Professor in physics and in chemistry and biochemistry at ASU and the director of the Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at ASU’s Biodesign Institute. His inventions in the field of atomic force microscopy led to the founding of Molecular Imaging Corporation, a pioneer in chemical applications of atomic force microscopy. It is now the Nanomeasurements Division of Agilent Technologies (Keysight).

Lindsay’s inventions in the field of molecular electronics laid the groundwork for a new single molecule sequencing technique, currently licensed to and under development by Roche. He has published more than 200 papers and written the first comprehensive textbook on nanoscience. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Antennas and Propagation Society and the Institute of Physics.

Michael Kozicki is a professor of electrical engineering at ASU. He is best known for the invention of Conductive Bridging Random Access Memory (CBRAM®), an ultra-low energy data storage technology, but his more than 80 U.S. and international patents also include innovations ranging from a cleanroom wheelchair to bio-inspired optical devices.  His patents have been cited over 1,000 times and are ranked in the top tier by independent intellectual property organizations.

Kozicki is also a founder of Axon Technologies Corp. and Idendrix, Inc., and served as chief scientist of Adesto Technologies.  He is a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Engineer in the UK/EU.  He has published extensively, developed entrepreneurship-infused undergraduate and graduate courses in solid state electronics, is a frequent invited speaker at international meetings, and has made several television appearances to promote public understanding of science.

The new NAI Fellows will be inducted on March 20, 2015, as part of the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, newly designed medal and rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.

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