Neil Siegel Named NAI Fellow

| March 19, 2020

The National Academy of Inventors has recognized Siegel for his career as a systems engineering pioneer working on major military, intelligence and commercial projects.

Siegel NAINeil Siegel, IBM Professor of Engineering Management at the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been named in the latest round of Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction offered to academic inventors who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Siegel is a systems engineering pioneer who led the engineering on major military, intelligence and commercial systems projects including the U.S. Blue-Force Tracker, the Army’s first unmanned aerial vehicle, as well as the Forward-Area Air Defense system.

He was formerly the vice president and chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. Siegel has also led work for the steel industry, the film industry and other commercial enterprises. His many previous honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering, selection as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the U.S. Army Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

His expertise is recognized by the U.S. Government, as indicated by past membership on the Defense Science Board, current membership on the Army Science Board, and other senior government advisory panels. He

Siegel’s achievement will be celebrated at the April 2021 NAI 10th Annual Meeting in Tampa Florida, along with Gianluca Lazzi of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, who was also named a Fellow.

Siegel joins a distinguished group of prolific academic innovators from across the world, including, including 15 other USC faculty members who have received the prestigious NAI Fellow honor.

The latest Fellows represent 135 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes worldwide, and collectively hold over 3,500 issued U.S. patents.

“I am so impressed by the caliber of this year’s class of NAI Fellows, all of whom are highly regarded in their respective fields,” said NAI President Paul R. Sanberg. “The breadth and scope of their discoveries are truly staggering. I’m excited not only see their work continue, but also to see their knowledge influence a whole new era of science, technology, and innovation worldwide.”

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