Named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, UCSB’s Shuji Nakamura is honored for his outstanding contributions to innovation

(Santa Barbara, California) — Adding yet another honor to a growing list of accolades, Shuji Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara’s 2014 Nobel laureate in physics, today was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Distinction as an NAI fellow is accorded 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. The total number of fellows to date is 414, representing more than 150 prestigious research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions.

“I’m honored to be elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors,” said Nakamura, who is a professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering. “It has been my aim to focus my research on areas with a high degree of economic and societal relevance, and we continue to pursue this ideal in the Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center at UCSB.”