Marco Carvalho Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The scientist and academic leader Marco Carvalho has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Carvalho, Ph.D., a distinguished computer scientist and executive vice president, provost and COO at Florida Tech, joins a 2022 class of 169 NAI Fellows featuring renowned academic inventors from top universities and institutions worldwide, including Georgia Tech, MIT, Mayo Clinic and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. 

The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

The holder of multiple patents, Carvalho’s research interests include artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, tactical and cognitive networks, multi-agent systems, and human-agent teamwork. He has conducted research sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Air Force Research Laboratory and DARPA.

Among his most recent patents is one for a genetic-algorithm powered “decision engine” that selects and configures the best set of cyber defenses to combat threats against a system. Users can collaborate with search engines through novel interfaces that allow for real-time feedback on the direction and characteristics of the evolved solutions.

“At Florida Tech, we strive for research and discovery that can benefit humankind, and this honor from the National Academy of Inventors is a much-valued and appreciated reminder that we are making a difference,” Carvalho said. “My deepest thanks to NAI leadership and the Fellows Selection Committee for recognizing the impact of our work.”

Carvalho (Ph.D., Tulane University, 2006) came to Florida Tech in 2012 as an associate professor of computer science. He was a professor of computer science and cybersecurity in 2014 when he was named executive director of the L3Harris Institute for Assured Information and the L3Harris Chair for Assured Information, positions he continues to hold. After serving briefly as acting dean of the School of Computing, Carvalho was named dean of the College of Engineering and Science in 2017, a position he held until 2020.

In 2020, Carvalho became executive vice president and provost at Florida Tech. He was named chief operating officer in 2022.

He has published over 170 papers and journal articles in peer review venues covering multiple areas including cyber resilience, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and machine learning, distributed systems, human-agent teamwork, and tactical communications. Additional publications include three edited books and several book chapters.

The 2022 Fellow class hails from 110 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide. They collectively hold over 5,000 issued U.S. patents. Among the new class of Fellows are members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Fellows of AAAS and other prestigious organizations, Nobel Laureates, as well as senior leadership from universities and research institutions. Their body of research and entrepreneurship covers a broad range of scientific disciplines involved with technology transfer of their inventions for the benefit of society.

“This year’s class of NAI Fellows represents a truly outstanding caliber of innovators. Each of these individuals have made significant impact through their work and are highly-regarded in their respective fields,” said President Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., FNAI. “The breadth and scope of their inventions is truly staggering. I am excited to see their creativity continue to define a new era of science and technology in the global innovation ecosystem.”

To date, NAI Fellows hold more than 58,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 13,000 licensed technologies and companies, and created more than one million jobs. In addition, over $3 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.

The 2022 class of Fellows will be inducted at the Fellows Induction Ceremony at the 12th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Inventors on June 27, 2023 in Washington.

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