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Liang Elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Liang Elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

December 13, 2013

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Professor Ping LiangProfessor Ping Liang of the Department of Electrical Engineering has been elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors it was announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Liang is one of 143 innovators elected to NAI fellow status for 2013. They represent 94 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions and they collectively hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.

Included in the 2013 class are 26 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 69 members of the National Academies (IOM, NAS, NAE), five inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science and nine Nobel Laureates, among other major awards and distinctions.

Following is an edited excerpt from Liang's nomination for fellow of the NAI:

Professor Ping Liang is a serial entrepreneur. He was the founder and CEO of TransDimension Inc., which he founded with a research contract from DARPA in 1997, and a co-founder of RF DSP Inc., which develops next generation wireless network technologies. He led the research and development of multiple ASIC chips, semiconductor IP cores and embedded software that were used by many Fortune 100 companies worldwide in over 100 million units of products ranging from cell phones, digital cameras, printers, PDAs, MP3 players, storage drives, to network gateways and routers, adapters and set-top boxes. Based on his technology leadership and vision, TransDimension grew into a leader in its market space, was ranked top ten of the fastest growing technology companies in Orange County, California, for three years and was ranked the 32nd-fastest growing technology company in North America in 2005. His research in industry led to inventions that provided enabling technologies to the USB 2.0 On-the-Go industry standard, the PictBridge industry standard and the Bluetooth 4.0 High Speed standard.

More recently, he collaborated with Prof. Yingbo Hua at UCR's Department of Electrical Engineering on full duplex radio research, which produced new understandings and excellent results of self-interference cancellation. His collaboration with Prof. Sakhrat Khizroev at the Florida International University on magneto-electric nanoparticles for nano-medicine applications has led to multiple breakthroughs in externally controlled targeted drug delivery. They were the first to develop a method for external AC magnetic field-triggered release of medicine using magneto-electric nanoparticles as carriers after they have crossed the blood–brain barrier, and a method for external magnetic field controlled nano-electroporation to allow drug-carrying magneto-electric nanoparticles to penetrate the membrane of targeted cancer cells and consequently triggering the release of drugs inside cancer cells to increase high-specificity drug uptake and eradication of cancer cells. These results are published in Nature Communications and Nature Scientific Reports.

Liang joined the faculty at the Bourns College of Engineering in 1992. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from Xian Jiaotong University in China in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 and 1987 respectively.

The NAI fellows will be inducted by the Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, during the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on March 7, 2014, in Alexandria, Va., at the U.S. Patent and Trademark headquarters. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy and rosette pin. A plaque listing the name and institution of each NAI fellow will be on permanent display at the USPTO.

This is the second year and NAI has elected fellows. Nominees need to demonstrate 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. They are also expected to have made outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation. They must also be affiliated with an academic organization.

The National Academy of Inventors® is comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors.

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