Dr. Thomas Mensah, one of four people recognized for inventing fiber optics, was elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI recognizses and provides encouragement to inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhances the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourages the disclosure of intellectual property, educates and mentors innovative students, and translates the inventions of its members to benefit society. Dr. Mensah is joining an elite group of academic inventors that have 14000 US patents amongst that group.
In addition to Dr. Mensah\’s fiber optics patents, his work in Nanotechnology played a significant role in his election as a Fellow in the NAI. Specifically, it was a breakthrough research project on Nanotechnology based Weapons Platforms. In this effort Dr. Mensah teamed up with the High Performance Materials Institute in the College of Engineering at Florida State University to produce Multiscale Nanocomposite structures for unmanned aerial vehicles Systems for The US Air Force.
The selection committee had numerous applicants to select from. However, they chose Dr. Mensah as one of the Fellow inductees because \”He has demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society\”.
Dr. Mensah will be further honored with the other 2014 NAI Fellow inductees in March 2015 at a special ceremony at CalTech in Pasadena California. He will be presented with a gold medal, special plaque, a feature in the NAI book, and in the US Congressional Records.
ABOUT Dr. Thomas Mensah: Dr. Tom Mensah is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors and one of the four original Fiber Optics Innovators and inventors in the United States, whose contributions provided the enabling technologies that permitted the world wide replacement of copper wire cables with fiber optic cables. This innovation led to the wiring of America with this new media. He holds seven US patents in Fiber Optics, averaging one patent a year, all awarded in the short time frame of six years. Dr. Mensah is the author of three books. They are Fiber Optics Engineering (1987), Superconductor Engineering (1992), and The Right Stuff Comes In Black, Too (2013).
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