Amit Bandyopadhyay, a Washington State University researcher who developed a way to make tools out of moon rock and artificial bone on a 3D printer, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The second NAI fellow in Washington, he joins an elite group nationwide that includes 21 Nobel Prize winners, 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science.
“Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a strong researcher who sees beyond the lab and into lives that his technologies can improve,” said Anson Fatland, associate vice president of economic development at WSU. “This is a great recognition that speaks to the quality of faculty and innovations coming from Dr. Bandyopadhyay’s lab and WSU overall.”
Inventions that enhance life
NAI fellows are academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
Bandyopadhyay holds 10 patents; he develops materials to enhance the safety and durability of joint implants for people with fractures and bone disorders.
“Dr. Bandyopadhyay is one of the Voiland College’s innovation leaders in the field of advanced materials,” said Candis Claiborn, dean of the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. “His research promises to provide real-world solutions for the critical national challenge of an aging population — and to help build a stronger economy for the state and region while it positively affects peoples’ daily lives.”
A total of 414 fellows have been named since the program was established in 2012. Those elected are named inventors on U.S. patents and are nominated by their peers.