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CSU hosts inventors induction

November 10, 2011

By Deon Broyles

On Oct. 31, Cleveland State held its first annual induction ceremony for the university’s chapter of the National Academy of Inventors. According to Leonard D. Young, CSU’s director of technology transfer, the academy was formed in 2010 at the University of South Florida.

Young said that CSU has 40 patents granted and 74 patents pending. He explained that CSU’s patents have been involved with the Cleveland Indians and large companies like Texas Instruments.

The Vice President of NAI and keynote speaker, Dr. Syham S. Mohapatra, said that NAI is “a grassroots movement to make America innovate.”

“Our goal is to continue to increase this movement,” he said. “We have a long way to go to help America innovate and to make it more competitive.”

According to Mohapatra, the United States has been in a continuous decline concerning innovation since 2005.

“We are losing our competiveness every day,” he said. “We have come to an unresponsive economy, an economy where we need to progress every day just like Steve Jobs did with all his systems and company. That is what people expect of us. So we are in an explosive economy, but are competiveness is going downhill. So what I suggest is innovate or die.”

At the ceremony, eight CSU professors were inducted and publicly recognized for exceptional achievements. Each inductee received a specially designed NAI lapel pin and a certificate of membership.

The inductees included:Associate Professor Mekki Bayachou, for a nitric oxide sensor; Associate Professor Zhiqiang Gao, for scaling and papameterizing a controller; Professor Baochuan Guo, for a method of detecting small differences in DNA sequences; Professor Mounir Ibrahim, for a high-temperature, non-catalytic infrared heater; Professor Michael Kalafatis, for thrombin generation inhibitors; Professor Majid Rashidi, for a wind harnessing system; Professor Orhan Talu, for a utilization system used for gaseous fuel powered vehicles; and Associate Professor Taysir H. Nayfeh, for a laser generated synthetic mega scale aperture used for solar energy concentration and harnessing.

“To me this ceremony means a lot: It tells the local community about something good that we produce here at CSU, it encourages other faculty to come forward and present their new ideas and most importantly it invites the younger generations (our students) to look up and dream as high as they can,” Ibrahim said. “I am thinking more and more of new things to be done to improve our quality of life.”

During the ceremony, Young explained that CSU grants access to its patents for public use through its office of technology transfer.

“Using the technology transfer office, the university is able to offer our amazing technology to private companies who wish to develop these ideas into commercial products that they wish to sell to the public,” Young said. “The public is given access to products that increase the quality of life and the university is rewarded with a sale on products through a royalty share.”

NAI produces a journal called “Technology and Innovation” and has a website. For more information concerning NAI, please visit www.academyofinventors.org.