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NSU’s Dr. Gary S. Margules Named a National Academy of Inventors 2017 NAI Fellow

Gary Margules

Gary S. Margules, Sc.D.

Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., vice president for research and technology transfer at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.

With the election of the 2017 class, there are now 912 NAI Fellows, representing over 250 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2017 Fellows are named inventors on nearly 6,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents.

Included among all NAI Fellows are more than 100 presidents and senior leaders of research universities and non-profit research institutes; 439 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 36 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame; 52 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and U.S. National Medal of Science; 29 Nobel Laureates; 261 AAAS Fellows; 168 IEEE Fellows; and 142 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among other awards and distinctions.

On April 5, 2018, the 2017 NAI Fellows will be inducted as part of the Seventh Annual NAI Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection in Washington, D.C. Andrew H. Hirshfeld, U.S. Commissioner for Patents, will provide the keynote address for the induction ceremony.

The 2017 NAI Fellows will be highlighted with a full page announcement in The Chronicle of Higher Education January 19, 2018 issue, and in an upcoming issue of Science and Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Margules was appointed as NSU’s vice president of research and technology transfer in 2008. He has several decades of business experience in technology management, academic technology transfer, strategic planning, corporate ventures, R&D/project management, licensing, regulatory affairs, clinical trials, and product development. Prior to joining NSU, he spent nearly 30 years in research management, including eight years with Cordis Corporation as a senior scientist, three years with Pfizer Hospital Products as assistant director of technology development, three years with Senmed Medical Ventures as director, medical technology, and 15 years with the University of Miami as assistant vice provost for technology transfer and industry research.

Dr. Margules’ broad experience has given him an in-depth knowledge in medical devices, therapeutics, biotechnology, and diagnostics. He earned his Doctor of Engineering Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical/bio-engineering from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical/biomedical engineering from the University of Miami. He also serves as a judge for the U.S. Commerce Department Patent and Trademark Office’s Patents for Humanity program.

The 2017 class of NAI Fellows was evaluated by the 2017 Selection Committee, which included 18 members comprising NAI Fellows, U.S. National Medals recipients, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and senior officials from the USPTO, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Association of American Universities, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of University Technology Managers, and National Inventors Hall of Fame, among other organizations.