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2018-01-03 / Education

Edward Furlani named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

University at Buffalo researcher Edward P. Furlani, whose work in microfluidics, inkjet systems, optoelectronics and other fields is recognized worldwide, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

The academy cited Furlani for 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.”

The peer-nominated honor is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic researchers by the academy. Among other individuals, the list of NAI Fellows includes presidents and senior leaders of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, Nobel Laureates, and recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation and the U.S. National Medal of Science.

Furlani, a professor at UB with appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering, both in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is among 155 fellows named on Tuesday. He and the others will be inducted at a ceremony on April 5 in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining UB in 2011, Furlani was a principal scientist at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, where he was awarded 152 U.S. patents and 40 foreign patents.

His experience spans 27 years and includes a range of applications in the fields of microfluidics, inkjet systems, applied magnetics and microsystems technology.

Among Kodak’s most prolific inventors, he received the Prolific Inventor Award (2008) from the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, and Kodak’s Chief Technology Officer Century Award (2001).

Since joining UB, he has established a research program that develops computational methods and models to create next-generation materials and devices with features and functionality designed at the nano- to micro scale. His current projects span applications of microfluidics, additive manufacturing, bio-sensing, energy storage, photonics and bio-applications of magnetic particles.

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