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Engineering’s Yushan Yan named NAI fellow

by | December 11, 2018

Yushan Yan

ABOVE: Yushan Yan, now a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, has been an inventor on more than 25 issued or pending patents. | Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson

UD chemical engineer honored by National Academy of Inventors

Yushan Yan, Distinguished Engineering Professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering and Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship in the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

He was one of 148 renowned academic inventors named to NAI Fellow status on Dec. 11, 2018.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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.

With the election of the 2018 class, there are now more than 1,000 NAI Fellows, representing more than 250 research universities and government and non-profit research institutes. The 2018 Fellows are named inventors on nearly 4,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 35,000 issued U.S. patents.

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