Professor Wei-Heng Shih has been named a 2013 National Academy of Inventors Fellow.
He is one of 143 Fellows named this year, only the second year in which Fellows have been elected.
Shih was nominated for the development of company-licensed high-performance piezoelectric freestanding films for sensor and energy harvesting applications and aqueous quantum dots for tumor margin assessment and imaging assay applications. He has published 119 journal papers, holds 21 patents, and his inventions have been licensed by four companies.
Fellows are elected based on “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 the National Academy of Inventors website.
The 2013 Fellows will be inducted by the Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andrew Faile, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), during the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on March 7, 2014, in Alexandria, Va., at the USPTO headquarters. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy and a rosette pin. A plaque listing the name and institution of each Fellow will be on permanent display at the USPTO.