Susmita Bose named to National Academy of Inventors

PULLMAN, Wash. – Susmita Bose, the Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair and Professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

National Academy of Inventors (NAI) fellows are academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Bose standing next to a piece of equipment in her lab.
Professor and inventor Susmita Bose in her lab at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Photo by WSU Photo Services.

“Susmita Bose’s research contributions have made her a leader in the use of technology to improve health,” said Mary Rezac, dean of WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

Bose joined WSU in 1998. In 2002 she received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from the National Science Foundation. Bose was named a “Kavli Fellow” by the National Academy of the Sciences in 2006. In 2009 she received the prestigious Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award, and the Richard M. Fulrath Award in 2014 from the American Ceramic Society.

In 2015 Bose was named as Life Science Innovation Northwest Women to Watch Honoree, by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. In 2016 Bose received the Excellence Award from the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine. Bose is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Ceramic Society. In 2017 she has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Bose is an editorial board member for several international journals. She has published more than 220 technical papers, including more than 180 journal articles. She holds seven patents and seven are currently pending at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Bose’s group research on 3D printed bone tissue engineering scaffolds with controlled chemistry has been featured by the AP, BBC, NPR, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, and many other television, radio stations, magazines and news sites all over the world.

The NAI fellows will be inducted on April 5 as part of the seventh annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, in Washington, D.C.


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