B. Jayant Baliga ’74 Earns IEEE Medal
B. Jayant Baliga, Ph.D. ’74, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor. Established in 1917, the Medal of Honor is the highest award given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It recognizes an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest.
Baliga is the first Rensselaer alumnus to receive the award. He was cited for “the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.” He is best known for his invention of the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), an energy-saving semiconductor device widely used in transportation, lighting, medicine, and consumer appliances. He received the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and was inducted into the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.
Prior recipients of the IEEE Medal of Honor include Gordon Moore in 2008, Robert Metcalfe in 1996, William Shockley in 1980, and Guglielmo Marconi in 1920.