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George Kondraske is among four professors selected to National Academy of Inventors.

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Devices that help people sleep and technology that improves drug analysis are among the inventions that landed four UT Arlington engineering professors a place in the National Academy of Inventors.

George Kondraske, Khosrow Behbehani, Nai Yuen Chen, and Robert Magnusson have been named NAI charter fellows for creating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

An electrical engineering professor, Dr. Kondraske developed a software feature for computers and phones that identifies text and suggests a word to be used. He is also founding director of the UT Arlington Human Performance Institute.

Dr. Behbehani, professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department, has focused much of his recent work on developing sensors to help people who suffer from sleep apnea and related respiratory maladies. He was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2012.

Dr. Chen, a National Academy of Engineering member and distinguished research professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, worked at ExxonMobil for 33 years before joining UT Arlington in 2011. He is inventor or co-inventor on 126 U.S. patents.

Dr. Magnusson is the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor. His research expertise includes applications in drug discovery, diagnostics, medical devices, homeland security, and solar cells.

These distinguished faculty members truly are leaders in their respective fields,” Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer says. “They are models of innovation and invention and have shared their passion for discovery with students and colleagues.”

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