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President Eric Kaler honored by National Academy of Inventors

U of M president named Charter Fellow and will present at organization’s annual conference

February 22, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is among the 101 top scientists, innovators and leaders from the academic world named as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The honor recognizes exceptional achievements "in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

Kaler and other Charter Fellows are currently in Tampa, Fla. for the annual NAI conference. Kaler will be a panelist for a session titled "Would Thomas Edison Receive Tenure?" He will comment on the recent transformation of the U’s Office for Technology Commercialization and discuss the institution’s proud history of innovation and discovery. The panel will be moderated by an administrator from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and feature representatives from the California Institute of Technology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Delaware and Purdue University.

A holder of 10 patents who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1982, Kaler is one of the nation’s foremost experts on "complex fluids," which have many applications in drug delivery, food processing, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Kaler currently is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science within the university's College of Science and Engineering.

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a non-profit member organization comprised of more than 45 U.S. and international universities and non-profit research institutes, with currently more than 2,000 individual academic inventor members. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. For more information, visit

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