On April 15, 2016, UNM Distinguished Professors Steven R. J. Brueck and C. Jeffrey Brinker, were inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) as 2015 NAI Fellows. The induction ceremony was held at the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office and was part of the NAI’s fifth annual conference. The keynote speaker for the event was U. S. Commissioner for Patents Andrew H. Hirshfeld.
Election and induction into the NAI Fellow Program is considered a high professional distinction among 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.
Dr. Brueck is a distinguished professor & professor emeritus in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics & Astronomy and the former director of the UNM Center for High Technology Materials. Dr. Brinker is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, a member of the UNM Cancer Center, and a Sandia Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories.
Drs. Brueck and Brinker were nominated by the STC.UNM Board of Directors for this national honor. To read more, see the NAI press release and pictures below. To view the induction ceremony video, go to http://academyofinventors.org/conference/2016-videos.asp.