ECE Newsletter, April 2011  
 

Baliga Awarded Holladay Medal for Excellence

Dr. Jayant Baliga

The North Carolina State University Board of Trustees will award the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence to four faculty members in recognition of their outstanding careers at NC State. The Holladay Medal is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the trustees and the university.

Among this year's honorees, our own Dr. B. Jayant Baliga Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.

Also honored this year are Dr. William R. Atchley, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Statistics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Meredith Davis, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor of graphic design in the College of Design; and Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Holladay Medal is named for Col. Alexander Quarles Holladay, the university's first president. It recognizes the contributions of faculty members in teaching, research and service. Winners receive a medal and a framed certificate, and their names are inscribed on a plaque in the NC State Faculty Senate chambers.

Baliga has served NC State for 22 years, and is the founder of the Power Semiconductor Research Center (PSRC), an internationally recognized center for education in power semiconductors. He invented the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), which is pervasively used in consumer, industrial, lighting, medical, transportation, defense, and renewable power generation applications worldwide. The energy efficiency improvements achieved using the IGBT have saved consumers over $3 trillion while reducing worldwide carbon emissions by over 30 trillion pounds. Baliga has authored 16 books, published 500 scholarly papers, and founded four successful start-up companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award, and was inducted into the Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame in 2010.

 
     
 

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Powering the future
ABB's North American headquarters has made a gift of $1.2 million to the ECE Department aiming to strengthen their cooperative research in electric power technologies and aid ABB's recruiting of top engineering professionals. More >

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Receiving High Honors
Dr. Aranya Chakrabortty has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is one of the highest honors given by the NSF to young university faculty. More >

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