Sakiyama-Elbert named 2017 fellow for the National Academy of Inventors

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded 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 the welfare of society.

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According to NAI, Fellows have generated more than 9,400 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 1.3 million jobs, with over $137 billion in revenue generated based on their discoveries.

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert is a professor and the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She holds the Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering and the Cockrell Family Chair for Departmental Leadership #1. Her research interests include biomaterials, drug delivery, tissue engineering, nerve regeneration and stem cell biology. She is focused on developing new bioactive scaffolds for tissue engineering, with the goal of making materials that can sense cell-derived signals during regeneration and respond by providing biological signals to enhance tissue regeneration.