The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Dr. Khoshnevis to NAI Fellow status.
Included among all of the NAI Fellows are 61 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM), 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 112 AAAS Fellows, and 62 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions. Collectively, the 414 NAI Fellows hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.
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 NAI Fellows will be inducted on Mar. 20, 2015, as part of the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Dr. Khoshnevis, a professor at USC Viterbi and director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies, is best known for Contour Crafting, his robotic construction system that 3-D prints buildings. The current design has the potential to print a modest-sized, 2,500-square-foot home in about 18 to 19 hours with a crew of about four people. He is currently working with NASA to design a Contour Crafting system capable of creating structures on the Moon or even Mars. In addition, he has three National Science Foundation projects working on 3-D metallic printing, and he’s just launched a project to develop a robot that can bend orthodontic wires perfectly molded to an individual’s mouth.
Please join us in congratulating APSIH Past President, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, on being selected as one of the 2014 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. This is an outstanding achievement for Dr. Khoshnevis and a tremendous honor for APSIH and our community.