Professor Mooi Choo Chuah has been elected as a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election to NAI Fellow status is "the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society."

“Mooi Choo is a natural choice for the NAI Fellows program,” says Victor Lawrence, a Distinguished Research Professor from Steven Institute of Technology who nominated Professor Chuah for the fellowship. “Ideas from some of her inventions form the basis of standards that govern several crucial technological areas in mobile and wireless communications. Moreover, she is not only an innovative researcher, but is also a great role model for young women considering STEM careers.”

Chuah, a professor of computer science and engineering, joined Lehigh’s faculty in January 2004 after 12 years with Bell Labs. Widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers and inventors in the field of wireless data and mobile systems, she holds 63 U.S. and 15 international patents, most of them for innovations with wireless LAN (Local Area Network)-based systems, and for features that enable quality of service, mobility management in WLAN and 3G systems. Some of her past Ph.D., M.S. and undergraduate students are now working at top technology companies such as Google, Microsoft, Samsung Research, and Snapchat.

At Lehigh, Chuah leads research in the WiNS Laboratory. Her lab maintains active research in the design of secure mobile data systems, mobile healthcare, deep learning based systems for vision-based activity recognition, health care data mining, and resilient smart grid control networks. Yet her research interests allow her to find avenues where her team can contribute in some surprising areas.

“In my work,” she says, “I’m always looking to solve problems that I know will have some kind of positive social impact.”