Dr. Michael Escuti, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been elected to the inaugural class of Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The inaugural class is comprised of 66 accomplished academic inventors representing 37 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide. They are named inventors on over 1,100 issued U.S. patents.
Escuti is a leading photonics and electro-optic materials expert pioneering the development of polarization-independent devices and transformational diffractive optics. He currently directs applied and fundamental research for applications including ultra-efficient/portable liquid crystal displays, opto-fluidics, ultra-efficient beam steering for high energy applications and laser communications, IR/MIR polarimetry imaging, and novel diffractive lenses.
“NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators at NAI member institutions with success in patents, licensing and commercialization,” the organization said. “They have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. Senior members also foster a spirit of innovation within their communities through enhancing an inventive atmosphere at their institutions, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.”
The NAI is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventors members, Senior Members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida.
Eight faculty members in the College of Engineering have been named as NAI Fellows.