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Mizzou NAI chapter inducts two from engineering

Sheila Grant and Shubhra Gangopadhyay speak with colleagues in this composite photo.

Two engineering faculty members, Shubhra Gangopadhyay, C.W. LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Sheila Grant, professor of bioengineering, were among the 10 founding members inducted into the Mizzou Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

More than 100 inventors from the University of Missouri were honored April 30 at the 2015 Innovation & Entrepreneurial Recognition event.

“Economic development became the fourth mission of the University of Missouri — along with teaching, research and service — in 2004,” Provost Garnett Stokes said. “As a university, we are focused on building strategic collaborations with businesses for the purpose of growing research and service contracts. We want to enhance internships and experiential learning opportunities and be able to offer exceptional job placements.”

In addition to student and faculty entrepreneurial awards, 10 MU inventors were inducted as founding members into the Mizzou Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election into the NAI is a distinction given to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Two engineering faculty members, Shubhra Gangopadhyay, C.W. LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Sheila Grant, professor of bioengineering, were among the 10 inductees.