|You're invited to attend the second College of Engineering Alumni "Breakfast with a Professor" Seminar. The seminar will feature National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner Dr. B. Jayant Baliga, who will discuss the impact of power semiconductor technology on society.|
Creating a Sustainable Society
Dr. B. Jayant Baliga
August 8, 2012
7:30 – 9 a.m.
NC State University Club
4200 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
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About the Seminar
Industrialized societies rely on electrical energy for air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration and other comforts that help give citizens a high quality of life. These benefits, however, are derived from ever-increasing demands on electrical power delivery systems that produce a detrimental environmental impact. Baliga will discuss how power semiconductor devices reduce electricity usage by delivering power more efficiently.
About the Speaker
Dr. B. Jayant Baliga is Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center at NC State. A member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1993, Baliga holds 120 U.S. patents and is an author of 18 books and more than 550 publications.
His many notable accomplishments include the invention, development and commercialization of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), an energy-saving semiconductor switch that controls the flow of power from an electrical energy source to any application that needs energy. IGBT-enabled applications, found in everything from cars and bullet trains to refrigerators and light bulbs, have saved the world's consumers $15.8 trillion and produced a cumulative reduction in worldwide carbon dioxide emissions of 78 trillion pounds over the past 20 years. The IGBT's widespread impact earned Baliga the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation's highest honor for technological achievement.
Baliga has also been named one of the eight heroes of the semiconductor revolution by Scientific American and has received the O. Max Gardner Award and the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence during his tenure at NC State.
About the Series
The Breakfast with a Professor Seminar Series gives NC State engineering alumni the opportunity to connect with engineering and computer science faculty conducting cutting-edge research in emerging fields. The series is sponsored by the NC State Engineering Foundation.