Oregon State professor honored for inventions


CORVALLIS, Ore. - John Wager, a professor in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for technological advances in consumer electronics products such as televisions and computer monitors.

This professional distinction is made to prolific academic inventors who have created or facilitated inventions that made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society, academy officials say.

Wager, the Michael and Judith Gaulke Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering in the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is a pioneer in the area of transparent electronics - a technology with commercial applications in flat-panel displays being licensed to major manufacturers.

He holds 21 patents and has 17 more pending for thin-film materials with applications to flat-panel displays and thermal inkjet technology.  Wager also co-founded Inpria, Inc., and serves as an advisor to Amorphyx, Inc., companies that are working to commercialize technologies developed in his lab.

Wager has worked with graduate students and colleagues at OSU in the departments of chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering. He co-authored one book, “Transparent Electronics,” four review articles, three book chapters, and more than 230 studies.

College of Engineering

About the OSU College of Engineering: The OSU College of Engineering is among the nation's largest and most productive engineering programs. Since 1999, the college has more than tripled its research expenditures to $37.2 million by emphasizing highly collaborative research that solves global problems. It is a leader in signature research areas, including precision health, clean energy, resilient infrastructure and advanced manufacturing; and targeted strategic areas, including robotics, materials research and clean water.