Two College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) professors are among a group of foremost emerging academic inventors named Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors on Tuesday.

The new senior members are:

  • Benjamin Boesl, an associate professor in the department of mechanical and materials engineering and the department’s associate chair
  • Cheng Zhang, a research assistant professor in the department of mechanical and materials engineering

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI Member Institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society. They also have growing success in patents, licensing and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.

Boesl and Zhang join 11 other faculty and researchers from CEC who are recognized by NAI as Senior Members or Fellows: Osama Mohammed, John Volakis, Naphtali Rishi, William Murphy, Ranu Jung, Shekhar Bhansali, Sundararaj S. Iyengar, Sakhrat Khizroev, Arvind Agarwal, Anuradha Godavarty and Shuliang Jiao. Their innovations have helped FIU rank among the top 20 U.S. public universities for patents worldwide.

The 2023 class of Senior Members will be celebrated at NAI’s Annual Meeting, Diversifying Innovation for a Strong Economy and a Sustainable Future, taking place June 25-27th, 2023 in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the event and register, visit