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Two Michigan Engineering professors have been named fellows in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Image of the lab on a chip setup developed by Mark Burns and his colleagues to detect the flu.Mark Burns, the T.C. Chang Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering; and Ralph Yang, the Dwight F. Benton Professor of Chemical Engineering, were selected for the honor. They are among 143 innovators from 96 universities and research institutions.

Burns is honored for inventing, advancing and licensing inexpensive, life-saving, lab-on-a-chip microfluidic technology for diagnosing infectious diseases.

Yang is honored for his advances in novel materials and processes for separations, and energy and environmental applications. He holds 33 US patents.

NAI fellows are selected for demonstrating a prolific spirit of innovation and creating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

New fellows will be recognized with a full page announcement in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Jan. 17 and in upcoming issues of Inventors Digest and Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors. They will receive awards at a ceremony in March at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Washington, D.C. At the ceremony, Burns will give an invited talk about MCubed, the unique research funding initiative at the University of Michigan that he spearheaded with several other engineering faculty members.

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