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US honour for UCC's Nabeel Riza

3 Jan 2017

UCC’s Nabeel A Riza, Chair Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been named a fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI). 

NAI fellows are academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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 selection committee included the Commissioner of US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO), inductees of the US National Inventors Hall of Fame, members of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the US Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, and the former CEO of Lockheed-Martin Corporation. Current NAI members include 27 Nobel Laureates, 27 inductees of the US National Inventors Hall of Fame, 36 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science, and 310 members of the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The induction ceremony with keynote address by the US Commissioner for Patents, and sponsors including Harvard University, MIT, and The Lemelson Foundation, is being held April 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, USA.

This accolade follows closely on a recent award to Professor Riza by the International Optical Society (OSA)  which selected his CAOS Camera invention as the 2016 breakthrough in the field of imaging.  Each year the OSA highlights these worldwide breakthrough innovations in optics and photonics in its year-end issue of OPN magazine.  Read more about Professor Riza’s innovation  

This is the seventh time that an innovation from the Riza laboratory has been selected by the OSA as a worldwide breakthrough innovation.  Previous selections include: No moving parts axial scanning confocal microscope (Optics in 2008), Variable attenuator for fast response high optical power applications (Optics in 2002), High Speed Multiwavelength MEMS Fiber-Optic Attenuator (Optics in 1999), High Speed Multiwavelength Photonic Switch (Optics in 1998), High Speed Scanning Interferometer for Scientific & Industrial Applications (Optics in 1997), and Photonic Signal Processing for Biomedical and Industrial Ultrasonic Probes (Optics in 1996). 


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