Texas Tech Achieves Highest Membership Level in National Academy of Inventors

The university is now one of only five Sustaining Member Institutions.


Texas Tech University was recently named a Sustaining Member by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an achievement that will open to the university exclusive benefits for highlighting its research and innovation efforts.

The Sustaining Member Institution category is the highest level of institutional membership and is available to a limited number of institutions. Sustaining members provide vital support for the NAI to expand into a new era of growth in programs, visibility and membership.


Robert V. Duncan

“The NAI celebrates innovation, entrepreneurialism and advancement of the human condition through these essential activities,” said Robert V. Duncan, senior vice president for research. “Texas Tech is a highly innovative place with a great tradition of discovery, and this affiliation with the NAI both recognizes and empowers our excellence in this regard. I am delighted that Texas Tech is a Sustaining Member of the National Academy of Inventors.”


Mohamed Soliman

The other Sustaining Member Institutions are New York University, University of Central Florida, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of South Florida.

Texas Tech is also a Charter Member Institution of the NAI, and two faculty members are NAI Fellows: Duncan and Mohamed Soliman, a professor of petroleum engineering and the George P. Livermore Chair in the Whitacre College of Engineering.


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