Marquette professor elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

January 24, 2019

Photo of Professor Jay GoldbergDr. Jay Goldberg recognized for engineering patents and contributions to design, innovation and entrepreneurship in education 

MILWAUKEE — Dr. Jay Goldberg, clinical professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Healthcare Technologies Management program at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, was elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded 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 the welfare of society.

Before spearheading the master’s program in Healthcare Technologies Management in Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering, Goldberg worked in a variety of medical device research and development roles. He holds six patents for urological devices.

Goldberg brings his new product development experience into the classroom at Marquette, where he leads the senior design capstone course for biomedical engineers, which challenges students to develop solutions to real-world problems. He also teaches an undergraduate course that brings students into the clinical environment to learn how to identify unmet medical device needs, as well as a graduate course that prepares students for managing medical device innovation. Goldberg is co-principal investigator on the Opus College’s KEEN grant, which focuses on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset in both students and faculty.

“Dr. Goldberg’s industry experience and design mindset is an invaluable asset to the students here at the Opus College of Engineering,” said Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering. “He is most deserving of his election to Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his design success both in industry and academia.”

With the election of the 2018 class, there are now over 1,000 NAI fellows, representing more than 250 research universities and government and nonprofit research institutes. The 2018 fellows are named inventors on nearly 4,000 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI fellows to more than 35,000 issued U.S. patents.

“I am very proud to welcome another class of outstanding NAI fellows, whose collective achievements have helped shape the future and who each day work to improve our world,” said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. “Each of these new NAI fellows embodies the Academy’s mission through their dedication, creativity and inventive spirit. I look forward to working collaboratively with the new NAI fellows in growing a global culture of innovation.”

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