MU recognized for innovative culture


The University of Missouri is unique in terms of collaborative research, with engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine schools in one location—something only 10 universities in the country can claim on a single campus. The combination of these resources — as well as those provided by schools such as law, journalism, business, and arts and science—positions Mizzou to be a global leader in translational research. By working together, researchers are able to take results from the lab and quickly turn it into the types of products and services that can dramatically improve our community, our nation, our world.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recently launched a national campaign that recognizes Mizzou’s innovative culture. NAI chose MU to host the kickoff due to our university’s past successes in supporting early-stage innovations. Those successes were recently celebrated by the MU Office of Research & Economic Development, which honored 40 Mizzou innovators who have received patents for their work and have founded five startup companies that benefit Missourians. The College of Engineering is proud to be the home for a number of those innovators who received patents, including:

  • Mahmoud Almasri, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Keshab Gangopadhyay, EECS
  • Shubhra Gangopadhyay, EECS
  • Kevin Gillis, Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Sheila Grant, BBCE
  • Andrew Gu, BBCE
  • Ibrahem Jasim, EECS (graduate student)
  • James A. Keller, EECS
  • Jae Wan Kwon, EECS
  • Hao Li, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Hongbin Ma, MAE
  • Joseph Mathai, EECS
  • Ferris Pfeiffer, BBCE
  • Mihail Popescu, EECS (courtesy appointment)
  • Shramik Sengupta, BBCE
  • Marjorie Skubic, EECS
  • Gary Yao, BBCE
  • Qingsong Yu, MAE

The College of Engineering is home to several NAI Fellows. Shubhra Gangopadhyay, Sheila Grant and MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright are all NAI Fellows, and this year Dean Elizabeth Loboa was inducted as an NAI Fellow. Read more about Mizzou’s culture of innovation here.



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