Event Honoring Dr. B. Jayant Baliga

Location136 Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center
DateDecember 2, 2011 3:00 PM

On behalf of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, Dean Louis A. Martin-Vega cordially invites you to attend a program honoring Dr. B. Jayant Baliga, winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

A reception will follow the event.

Dr. B. Jayant Baliga, Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center at NC State, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in October by President Barack Obama. The medal is the nation's highest honor for technological achievement.

Baliga was honored for inventing, developing and commercializing the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT). The energy-saving semiconductor switch controls the flow of power from an electrical energy source to any device that needs energy.

The IGBT, which Baliga developed while working at General Electric in the 1970s, improves energy efficiency by more than 40 percent in an array of products, from cars and refrigerators to light bulbs. As a result, IGBT-enabled applications have saved US and worldwide consumers $2.7 trillion and $15.8 trillion over the last 20 years, respectively.

During that same time, the improved efficiency produced by IGBT-enabled applications has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 78 trillion pounds worldwide. In addition, IGBT-based compact portable heart defibrillators are estimated to save 100,000 lives annually.

Baliga, who has been a faculty member at NC State since 1988, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE.

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