Jin Kim Montclare and Daniel Sodickson have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Jin Kim Montclare, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, and director of the Montclare Lab, and Daniel Sodickson, a professor of biomedical engineering at NYU Tandon, have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Montclare and Sodickson, also a professor of radiology at NYU Tandon and of neuroscience and physiology at NYU Langone Health, were cited by the NAI for their "prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”

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Montclare and Sodickson join a growing list of NYU Tandon faculty members who have earned the prestigious honor, a testament to the school’s reputation in such fields as telecommunications, electrical and computer engineering, plasma physics and computer science. Past winners include Kurt Becker, Vice Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; H. Jonathan Chao, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Bud Mishra, professor and director of bioinformatics; and Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport, the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering and Founding Director of NYU WIRELESS.

Faculty from across NYU who have been elected NAI Fellows include NYU President Andrew HamiltonJan T. VilcekKenneth Perlin, Leslie Prichep, and David Grier.

Montclare’s work centers on the possibilities of engineered proteins for a range of health and environmental applications, from targeting human disorders and drug delivery, to tissue regeneration, and fabrication of nanomaterials for electronics. Her research has led to new ways of removing pesticides from crops, ferrying chemotherapeutic agents to cancer cells in synthesized macromolecules, and , most recently, a novel at-home test for the Sars-CoV-2 virus that can screen for both the antibody to the virus that causes COVID-19 and for viral RNA.

Sodickson’s research aims at seeing what has previously been invisible, in order to improve human health. Working with interdisciplinary teams, he develops new techniques and technologies for biomedical imaging and sensing. He is credited with founding the field of parallel imaging, in which distributed arrays of detectors are used to gather magnetic resonance images at previously inaccessible speeds. Parallel imaging hardware and software is now an integral part of MRI machines and is used routinely in MRI scans worldwide.

Montclare, Sodickson, and the other 2020 NAI Fellows will be inducted on June 7-9, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. A senior representative of the United States Patent and Trademark Office will provide the keynote address for the ceremony. 

About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences as part of a global university, with close connections to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. NYU Tandon is rooted in a vibrant tradition of entrepreneurship, intellectual curiosity, and innovative solutions to humanity’s most pressing global challenges. Research at Tandon focuses on vital intersections between communications/IT, cybersecurity, and data science/AI/robotics systems and tools and critical areas of society that they influence, including emerging media, health, sustainability, and urban living. We believe diversity is integral to excellence, and are creating a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable environment for all of our students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit engineering.nyu.edu.

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