LTU establishing National Academy of Inventors chapter

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University is in the process of establishing a new chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

NAI is a nonprofit membership organization based in Tampa, Fla., formed in 2010 at the University of South Florida to encourage inventors in academia.

NAI now has more than 4,600 individual members, including NAI Fellows, Senior Members, and Chapter Members, affiliated with more than 300 institutions—U.S. and international universities, governmental agencies, and nonprofit research institutes—worldwide. Fellows must be named as an inventor on at least one United States patent and are selected by the NAI Fellows Committee.

The formation of the LTU NAI chapter was spearheaded by longtime LTU engineering technology professor Ken Cook, holder of some 25 U.S. patents. Cook, whose teaching career at LTU spanned seven decades, passed away March 21 at the age of 82.

The members admitted to LTU’s chapter will be comprised of the University’s most prolic inventors, encompassing alumni, faculty, students and friends.

LTU President Tarek M. Sobh said the formation of the chapter is meant to honor Cook’s memory, to help recognize LTU’s inventors and innovators, and to encourage LTU faculty to pursue U.S. patents for the innovations they create through the university’s growing reserach effort.

“Ken Cook was a prolific inventor, and we have many other true innovators among our distinguished faculty, students, and alumni community,” Sobh said. “We believe an NAI chapter at LTU is a natural extension of our increasing level of research sophistication.”

An informational meeting for all those who would be interested in participating in an LTU NAI chapter will be held as part of the University’s annual Research Day, Friday, April 19. The meeting will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room M336 of the LTU Buell Building, building 5 at

The chapter is sponsored by the intellectual property law firm Ward Law Office LLC, with offices in Southfield and Tiffin, Ohio.

Organizers plan to conduct two meetings per year, nonimate members for national recognition, share member success stories, educate the community on patent pursuit, and send LTU chapter representatives to the NAI’s annual national conference.

For more information or with questions, contact Kim Henderson, program and project specialist in LTU’s Office of Economic Development, at

For more about LTU’s Research Day activities, visit

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

(The illustration above, from a 1930 patent application for a food processing device, is in the public domain.)

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