The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities and government and nonprofit research institutes. The NAI was founded in 2010 to: 

  • Recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Enhance visibility of university and nonprofit research institute innovations.
  • Encourage disclosure of intellectual property.
  • Educate and mentor innovative students.
  • Translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal Technology & Innovation, hosts an annual meeting and recognizes individual inventors through its Fellows and Senior Member programs.

MU is a member institution in the NAI and established Mizzou’s chapter in 2015 to promote and foster innovation on campus.


Membership in the NAI is available through local university and nonprofit research institute chapters only.

If you are interested in joining MU’s chapter, you must have at least one patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Mizzou chapter members

* Indicates a founding member of the Mizzou Chapter inducted on April 30, 2015 

  • James Birchler *, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences; NAI Fellow
  • James L. CookWilliam & Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery; Director, Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics
  • Shubhra Gangopadhyay *, C.W. LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; NAI Fellow
  • David Gozal, MDChairman of Child Health, Marie M. & Harry L. Smith Endowed Chair; NAI Senior Member
  • Sheila Grant *, MU Associate Vice Chancellor of Research & Strategic Initiatives; Professor of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering; NAI Fellow
  • Raghuraman KannanAssociate Professor of Radiology & Biological Engineering; Michael J. & Sharon R. Bukstein Chair in Cancer Research
  • Kattesh V. Katti *, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Radiology & Physics; Margaret Proctor Mulligan Distinguished Professor of Medical Research; NAI Fellow; Chair, Mizzou NAI Chapter
  • Chung-Ho Lin, Associate Research Professor of Forestry; NAI Senior Member
  • Hongbin “Bill” Ma, Professor & Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Director, Center of Thermal Management; NAI Fellow
  • Patrick J. Pinhero, Professor of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering; NAI Senior Member
  • Randall S. Prather *, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences
  • R. Michael Roberts *, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences & Biochemistry; NAI Senior Member
  • Gary Stacey, Curators' Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences & Biochemistry; NAI Fellow
  • Hongmin SunAssociate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, NAI Senior Member 
  • Peter Sutovsky *, Professor of Animal Sciences
  • Habib Zaghouan, J. Lavenia Edwards Chair in Pediatrics; Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Immunology and Neurology: NAI Fellow