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Raj Rajkumar, the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named a 2016 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The NAI Fellows Program represents more than 757 inventors worldwide and nearly 26,000 patents.

Rajkumar, an internationally reputed researcher in embedded real-time systems, cyber-physical systems, operating systems, and wireless sensor networks, holds three patents and founded Ottomatika, a startup that commercialized his research on intelligent software for self-driving vehicles. Ottomatika was acquired by Delphi Automotive in 2016.

An expert in autonomous vehicle research, Rajkumar helped Carnegie Mellon become a research hub for driverless technology. He is director of two U.S. Department of Transportation National University Transportation Centers (UTC), Mobility21 and the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation National UTC on Safety. He is co-director of the GM-CMU Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab and director of Metro21, a center related to smart cities.

Rajkumar joins five other Carnegie Mellon NAI Fellows: President Subra Suresh, Jay Whitacre, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, José F. Moura, and Raj Reddy.