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UTEP Professor named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

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Dr. Russell R. Chianelli is the first UTEP professor to be named an NAI fellow, the highest professional honor awarded to academic inventors.

A UTEP professor is one of 148 inventors to be selected as a fellow for the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Dr. Russell R. Chianelli is the first UTEP professor to be named an NAI fellow, the highest professional honor awarded to academic inventors.

Chianelli has been at UTEP for 22 years and is the director of the Materials Research and Technology Institute (MRTI). Prior to becoming the director of MRTI, Chianelli was the chemistry department chair.

Chianelli is one of seven University of Texas faculty members to be selected this year. Two professors from UT Arlington and UT Austin were selected as well as one from UT San Antonio and UT Dallas. NAI fellows represent 125 research universities, governmental and non-profit research institutions from around the world and are investors on nearly 4,000 issued U.S. patents.

“Each of these new NAI Fellows embody the Academy’s mission through their dedication, creativity, and inventive spirit. I look forward to working collaboratively with the new NAI Fellows in growing a global culture of innovation,” said President of the NAI Paul R. Sanberg.

Chianelli will be inducted into the NAI in April 2019 during a ceremony at the NASA Johnson space center in Houston.

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UTEP Professor named National Academy of Inventors Fellow