Dec. 9, 2020
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hongbin “Bill” Ma was elected to the level of fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). This is the top professional designation for academic inventors worldwide.
“I am very excited about being named a fellow,” Ma said. “I’m thankful for the support I received from Shubhra (Gangopadhyay). Without her recommendation, it would not have been possible to be elected a fellow.”
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Shubhra Gangopadhyay nominated Ma for this honor. She became an NAI Fellow in 2015.
“Professor Bill Ma has made outstanding contributions to fundamental science ranging from thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and multi-phase heat transfer,” Gangopadhyay said. “Professor Ma truly deserves to be a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.”
Ma joins an elite academic group. There are more than 1,400 NAI Fellows worldwide, representing more than 250 renowned universities, government agencies and nonprofit research groups. According to the NAI, their fellows have developed over 13,000 licensed technologies, generated $2.2 trillion in revenue and have created 19.5 million jobs.