The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a 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. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.
The collective body of research and entrepreneurship of the 2021 Fellow class covers a broad range of scientific disciplines involved with technology transfer of their inventions for the benefit of society. This year’s class also reflects NAI’s dedicated efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its membership. The new 2021 Fellows will be inducted at the Fellows Induction Ceremony at the 11th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors this upcoming June in Phoenix, Arizona.
Theodore Randolph earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering at CU Boulder in 1983 and a PhD in chemical engineering in 1987 from the University of California Berkeley. After starting his career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Yale University, Randolph returned to Boulder where he currently serves as the Kenneth and Genevieve Gillespie Professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. While at CU Boulder, he has produced a remarkable 25 of his 26 patents, started three CU spin-out companies, and founded and co-directed the University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.