Auburn University professor emeritus named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Published: January 12, 2017
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John Weete, Auburn University professor emeritus and former associate dean, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, or NAI.

Election to NAI fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have shown 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.

Weete, who holds four U.S. patents involving processes for obtaining emulsifiers from soybean gum, was honored both for his own success as an inventor and for facilitating the advancement of inventions by faculty at Auburn University and West Virginia University. Following his service as Alumni Professor in Auburn’s Department of Botany and Microbiology (now Biological Sciences) and as associate dean for research in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, Weete was vice president for research and economic development at West Virginia. He later returned to Auburn for several years as acting assistant vice president for technology transfer and executive director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.

With the election of the NAI Fellows 2016 class in December, there are now 757 fellows, representing 229 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.

The 2016 Fellows will be inducted on April 6 as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors in Boston. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal and rosette pin and will be recognized with a full-page announcement in The Chronicle of Higher Education Jan. 20, 2017, issue.