OU Professor named fellow in inventors academy for his work

David Bayless was given a prestigious fellowship for his work on renewable energy sources.


An Ohio University mechanical engineering professor has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his research.

Founded in 2010, the NAI works to enhance the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and academic innovation, according to its website.

Those eligible for the fellowship must hold at least one patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, be affiliated with an academic organization and create inventions that impact society, according to the website.

David J. Bayless was honored for his work in renewable sources of energy and carbon recycling. Many of his research projects are conducted through the Ohio Coal Research Center in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

“I really believe that renewable sources of energy and carbon recycling are two issues that have a potential long-term benefit for mankind and any tool that makes it commercially viable or more likely to be adopted (is) good,” Bayless said in an email.

In 2012, Gerardine Botte and John Kopchick from the Russ College and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively, were also named academy fellows.

“The National Academy of Inventors fellowship recognition is a tribute to the quality of (Bayless’) work at Ohio University — and the good he creates,” said Dennis Irwin, dean of the Russ College, in an email.

“His work in combining algal biomass and coal in combustion for electrical generating applications could reduce (carbon dioxide) emissions by half,” Irwin said.

“I think the work we are doing now on carbon dioxide capture and processing for growing algae could be the most significant in the long-term,” Bayless said.

Nominees were announced in December. Bayless is among 142 other innovators that were selected in 2013 from 94 different institutions.

“We are delighted that the National Academy of Inventors has recognized David Bayless for his outstanding record of research innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship,” said Andrea Gibson, director of OU’s Research Communications.

“It was an unexpected thrill,” Bayless said. “But this award recognizes only me — not my co-inventors, graduate students, and research staff that made all this possible.”



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