Robert Norwood Elected to National Academy of Inventors

    Date Posted: 
    Monday, December 14, 2020

    Congratulations are in order for Professor Bob Norwood for his recent election as a Fellow to the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction solely for academic inventors. Read the official press release.

    Bob Norwood and his team work in photonics research developing devices for the next-generation of photonic networks. This work has been recognized through a number of funding agencies including the NSF, the DOE,  Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Air Force Research Lab, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and major corporations, among others. He holds 40 U.S. patents, 10 of which have been licensed to companies for commercialization. He also started his own companies, NorCon Technologies and Photon-X.

    "I am deeply honored on my election to the rank of NAI Fellow," Norwood said. "The difficult times we are all experiencing abundantly demonstrate the crucial role of innovation in our world, and I am humbled to be included in this organization of extraordinary inventors. I thank my family for always supporting me in my innovation journey, and my father – whose patent on a yellow pigment was the first patent I ever saw – for inspiring me to pursue a life in science and technology."

    Congratulations, Bob!