Benton H. Calhoun

Benton H. Calhoun is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UVA Engineering and a member of the UVA Link Lab for cyber-physical systems. His research group is developing the next generation of sensors that will catalyze the future IoT.

Benton H. Calhoun, a professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elevated to the status of senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Calhoun is known for innovations in circuit designs for wireless sensing systems that enable computing components to run on minimal power – so minimal the systems can harvest enough energy from their environments to power themselves. Working with collaborators, Calhoun’s 2012 breakthrough in self-powered wireless systems resulted in a commercial venture called Everactive Inc. and helped spark a national effort to further develop energy-harvesting technologies.

Calhoun is among the 95 new National Academy of Inventors senior members named in the class of 2023.

“NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists, and administrators from NAI Member Institutions who have demonstrated remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society,” according to a news release, which included a list of this year’s senior members.

“They also have growing success in patents, licensing, and commercialization, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors,” the release said, noting that members of the class are named inventors on more than 1,200 issued U.S. patents, of which 96 are licensed.

Calhoun, who is a member of Link Lab, UVA Engineering’s interdisciplinary cyber-physical research center, also was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in recognition of his pioneering work in the design of ultra-low-power circuits. Read more about his work here.