The National Academy of Inventors has named six faculty members from Texas A&M University to its inaugural class of NAI Senior Members. They are among 66 academic inventors selected for the honor.

The six NAI Senior Members from Texas A&M are:

Mark Benden, associate professor and head, department of environmental and occupational health, School of Public Health.

Richard H. Gomer, professor, department of biology, College of Science.

Jaime C. Grunlan, Linda and Ralph Schmidt ’68 Professor, J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering.

Duncan J. Maitland, Stewart and Stevenson Professor and associate head, department of biomedical engineering, College of Engineering.

Richard Mile, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Eminent Professor, department of aerospace engineering, College of Engineering.

Stephen H. Safe, University Distinguished Professor, department of veterinary physiology and pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI member institutions with success in patents, licensing and commercialization. They have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.

The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes, with more than 4,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

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