2016 Inductee Ceremony, WPI’s Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors

Celebrating any WPI faculty member who has received a patent, any student who has applied for a patent, and alumni that have had patents. In addition to the patents, we will be honoring those patents that have been licensed, as well as those patents that have had a product as a result.

Featuring Karen Burg, a Board member of the NAI as keynote speaker.

Karen J.L. Burg, Ph.D., is Professor and the Harbor Lights Endowed Chair in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining UGA, she served as vice president for research and a professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University from 2014 to 2016. Honors include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, inaugural Swiss AO Research Prize, recognition as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology's TR100 Young Innovator, an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering fellow, an American Council on Education fellow, a U.S. Department of Defense Era of Hope Scholar, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. She has seven patents issued, thirteen dis20closures and/or provisional patent applications recorded, with one patent serving as the basis for a diagnostics startup company. She has given over 200 invited presentations and authored over 140 peer reviewed publications on the subject of engineered tissues. A Burg invention was one of ten technologies featured in the inaugural Avon Foundation for Women, National Institutes of Health, Center for Advancing Innovation Breast Cancer Start-Up Challenge. She serves on the 2016 Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.