Jayant Baliga


Dr. Jayant Baliga

Director, Power Semiconductor Research Center
North Carolina State University

Dr. Baliga is an internationally renowned scientist, author of 19 books and over 550 publications, and an established educator in the field of power semiconductor devices with 120 U.S. patents to his name. Among his inventions, the most widely commercialized device is the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) extensively used around the globe for air-conditioning, home appliance controls, robotics, electric-cars/bullet-trains and compact defibrillators projected by the AMA to save 100,000 lives a year. For this work, Scientific American Magazine named him one of the Eight Heroes of the semiconductor revolution in their 1997 special issue commemorating the Solid-State Century.

His numerous awards include the 1991 IEEE Newell Award given by the Power Electronics Society for his creation of the IGBT, 1993 IEEE Morris E. Liebman Award for his contributions to the emerging Smart Power Technology, the 1998 J.J. Ebers Award, the highest recognition given by the IEEE Electron Devices Society; the 1999 Lamme Medal given by the IEEE Board of Governors for his invention of the IGBT; and the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor, the highest recognition given by the society. He received the National Medal for Technology and Innovation in October 2011 from President Obama at the White House, the highest honor given by the United States Government to an engineer. In June 2015, he became a Global Energy Prize Laureate for his invention, development and commercialization of the IGBT.