Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

Iranian Scientist Named as New Fellow of U.S National Academy of Inventors

Iranian Scientist Behrokh Khoshnevis was announced as a new fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an elite group of innovators that includes 21 Nobel laureates from around the world.

Dr. Khoshnevis, a professor at University of Southern California (USC) and two other USC’s professors named Mark Thompson and Alan Willner will be inducted into the three-year-old organization in a ceremony at the California Institute of Technology on March 20.

The professors join USC President C. L. Max Nikias, who was inducted as a charter member in 2012. The total number of NAI fellows now stands at 414, including 21 inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science.

The new fellows, who will be inducted by Andrew Faile, deputy U.S. commissioner for patent operations for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, were chosen because they “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,” according to a statement from the NAI.

Professor Khoshnevis, director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies, is best known for Contour Crafting.

Contour Crafting, a layered fabrication technology developed by engineering professorhas recently been recognized as an innovative construction method by industry experts.

Khoshnevis won the grand prize in the 2014 “Create the Future Design Contest,” an annual contest started by publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine, NASA’s official magazine of new technology that aims to stimulate and reward innovation in engineering.

He is currently working with NASA to design a Contour Crafting system capable of creating structures on the Moon or even Mars. In addition, he has three National Science Foundation projects working on 3-D metallic printing, and he’s just launched a project to develop a robot that can bend orthodontic wires perfectly molded to an individual’s mouth.

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a famous inventor,” Khoshnevis said. “My hero was Edison. I was not happy with the toys that existed — if anyone gave me a toy, I’d take it apart and use the components to build my custom-designed toy. I really haven’t changed much. My toys have just become a little more complicated. But I still have that joy.”
Seven years ago, Khoshnevis started teaching “Invention and Technology Development,” a graduate-level engineering course to train the next generation of inventors. His students — primarily from the engineering and business schools — routinely call it a “life-changing experience” on end-of-term evaluations.
“I try to teach the students to look inside to see what you have to give,” he said, “not to look outside to see what you can take.

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