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Davis College faculty helps push Texas Tech into NAI Top 100

Norman Martin

October 31, 2023

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Texas Tech to its inaugural Top 100 U.S. Universities Granted Utility Patents List. The Red Raiders debuts at No. 75 on the list, which celebrates American innovation at schools that promote innovation throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

“We're very excited about the NAI honor for Texas Tech and proud of our past fellows to this association,” said Darren Hudson, Davis College Interim Associate Dean for Research and the Larry Combest Endowed Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness. “The fact that Davis College represents a large share of the total fellows at Texas Tech is a testament to the quality of our faculty and research.”

“Innovation drives the future for sustainability of our food, fiber, landscapes, and natural resources,” he said. “These innovators contribute heavily to our college and university and society as well.”

NAI Fellows from the Davis College are:

  • Mindy Brashears (2016) Professor of Food Microbiology & Food Safety; Department of Animal & Food Sciences
  • Luis Herrera-Estrella (2019) President's Distinguished Professor of Plant Genomics; Department of Plant & Soil Science
  • John McGlone (2020) Professor of Swine, Animal Welfare & Animal Behavior; Department of Animal & Food Sciences
  • Samuel Prien (2021) Professor of Reproductive Physiology & Assisted Reproduction; Department of Animal & Food Sciences


This story was first published in the Davis College NewsCenter. See the original article here.