Professor Nabeel Riza Inducted into the USA National Academy of Inventors (NAI)


On April 6, 2017, in a ceremony held at the J. F. Kennedy Presidential Memorial Library in Boston, USA, UCC Chair Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering was inducted into the USA National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI medal was presented to Prof. Riza by Mr. Andrew Hirshfeld, USA Commissioner of Patents, US Patents and Trademarks Office. Also present at the induction was the NAI President Paul Sanberg. Induction to the NAI is the highest honor bestowed by the USA to an academic inventor. The NAI Induction Booklet states:

“Nabeel A. Riza, Ph.D., is chair professor of electrical and electronic engineering at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and former Dean of Engineering. Riza has made pioneering innovations in the field of photonics with several of his inventions deployed worldwide. His inventions include the CAOS camera, fault-tolerant digital MEMS fiber-optics, agile optical wireless, electronic lens-based vision testing and imaging, self-imaging fiber coupling model, liquid crystal and analog- digital fiber-optic RF antenna control, agile pixel MEMS laser beam profiler and 3-D analyzer, and hybrid design Silicon Carbide extreme thermometry. He is the recipient of the International Optics Commission ICO Prize, Carl Zeiss Foundation Abbe Medal, GE Gold Patent Medal and Ireland Walton Award. Riza holds 46 U.S. patents and is founder of Nuonics, Inc. He has published 327 international journal and conference papers and authored the textbook Photonic Signals and Systems: An Introduction. Riza is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, European Optical Society, OSA, SPIE and Honorary Fellow of Engineers Ireland Society and member of Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Engineering Committee.”