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Bridgelall Is Among First Group Inducted into the NDSU Chapter of the National Association of Inventors

Posted: Dec 19, 2019

UGPTI researcher Raj Bridgelall is among the inaugural group of members inducted into the new NDSU chapter of the National Association of Inventors. The group includes the top nine patent holders at NDSU and two honorary inductees from local industry. The members were recognized at the closing ceremonies of the NDSU Innovation Challenge Dec. 3.

Bridgelall holds 140 patents and holds more patents than any other faculty or staff member at NDSU. His latest patent was for antenna technology that extends the range of unmanned aerial vehicles without increasing their size or weight. That patent was awarded earlier this year to Bridgelall and researchers at the University of North Dakota. Bridgelall is an assistant professor of Transportation and Logistics and is director of UGPTI's Center for Surface Mobility Applications and Real-time Simulation Environments (SMARTSe).

"NDSU joined the NAI to promote interdisciplinary research, inventive thought and entrepreneurship," noted David Grewell, professor and chair of industrial and manufacturing engineering and chapter president. "In addition, the leadership team of the NDSU chapter wanted to recognize the researchers who are working hard to enhance the quality of life of others, as well as local industry partners who are pushing the edge of economic development through entrepreneurship."

The National Association of Inventors is comprised of members from U.S. and international universities, governmental and non-profit institutes. It has more than 4,000 inventor members and fellows from more than 250 institutions worldwide.

For more information on the NDSU chapter of the National Association of Inventors, view the NDSU news article.

Photo: Raj Bridgelall is pictured with Jane Schuh, vice president for research and creative activity at NDSU, following his induction into the NDSU chapter of the National Association of Inventors.

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