NAI Memberships

Inventor Membership

The FAU Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors is open to all members of the university community, including faculty, staff, alumni and affiliates, who have received an issued patent from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. An annual recognition ceremony will be held during the academic year and a list of members will be published, in order to enhance networking, recognition, and the opportunity to share your experiences. Membership in the NAI is available through local university chapters only. Chapter members are automatically enrolled as members of the NAI, with all rights and privileges thereof.

To apply for membership as an Inventor Member, please complete and submit the National Academy of Inventors Membership Application

Honorary Member

The FAU Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors recognizes members of the university community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliates, who materially support and advance technological development and innovation. Honorary members may not vote or hold office in the NAI.

To nominate an Honorary Member, please email

FAU Wave Mentor

The FAU Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors has partnered with FAU Wave to create a new mentor program. This new initiative is designed to match faculty members who are NAI chapter members with student mentees participating in the Wave competition. The benefits for students and faculty participating in the program include:

Benefits for Wave Students

  • Assigned FAU NAI faculty mentor in specific area of interest
  • Access to NAI Global Academic Inventors Network
  • Opportunity to present during Next Generation Inventors session at NAI annual meeting
  • Additional training through NAI intellectual property certification course
  • Honorary NAI chapter membership for competition winners

Benefits for NAI Faculty

  • Contribute to NAI goal to educate and mentor innovative students
  • Identify promising students for positions in your lab or on your NSF I-Corps team
  • Recognition at annual NAI chapter luncheon
  • Recognition at annual FAU Wave award ceremony
  • Improve student success metrics for your department and college

To become a FAU Wave mentor, please email

Contact Information

National Academy of Inventors
3702 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 165
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 974-4438

FAU Chapter of the NAI

Office of Technology Development
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 299-6836