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Baliga Inducted Into Electronic Design Hall of Fame
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B. Jayant Baliga, Ph.D. ’74, Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU), has been inducted into the Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame.

Baliga was honored for inventing the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), an energy-saving semiconductor switch that controls the flow of power from an energy source to the application that needs energy. The device, which Baliga developed while working at General Electric in the 1970s, is used in everything from light bulbs to washing machines to automobiles. 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’s many honors include his 1993 induction into the National Academy of Engineering. In May, he received NCSU’s highest award given to a faculty member, the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence. He has started four companies, holds more than 100 U.S. patents, and is the author of 16 books and more than 500 articles. In 1997, Scientific American named Baliga one of its eight heroes of the semiconductor revolution.

Electronic Design created its Hall of Fame in 2002 to honor individuals for their landmark career achievements and contributions to electronic engineering. Past inductees have included Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs. The magazine focuses on electronic design solutions and emerging technologies.
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