Saving energy, money and lives

President Barack Obama has awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to North Carolina State University professor Dr. B. Jayant Baliga. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement.

Baliga, a Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of the Power Semiconductor Research Center, 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 application that needs energy.

Dr. B. Jayant Baliga

The IGBT improves energy efficiency by more than 40 percent in an array of products, from cars and refrigerators to light bulbs, and it is a critical component enabling modern compact cardiac defibrillators. The impact of the improved efficiency of IGBT-enabled applications has been a cumulative cost savings of $2.7 trillion for U.S. consumers and $15.8 trillion for worldwide consumers over the last 20 years. At the same time, the improved efficiency produced by IGBT-enabled applications has produced a cumulative reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 35 trillion pounds in the U. S. and 78 trillion pounds worldwide over the last 20 years. In addition, IGBT-based compact portable defibrillators are projected to have saved nearly 100,000 lives in the United States.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the nation for my work over the last 35 years,” Baliga says. “It’s wonderful to see power semiconductor technology recognized for its enormous contribution to improving the quality of life for society, while mitigating our impact on the environment. And while much has been accomplished, I am continuing my work in the area of renewable energy systems.”

The medal, which is awarded annually, recognizes outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. Established by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the medal was first awarded in 1985.

Baliga is currently working with the FREEDM Systems Center, a National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Research Center led by NC State that seeks to improve the nation’s distribution and management of power. 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.

6 responses on “Saving energy, money and lives

  1. Hwaiy Geng, P.E. says:

    Dear Dr. Baliga,

    It is needless to say your accomplishments in your professional and family life.

    May I have the honor inviting you to join the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for the second edition of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Handbook that will be published by McGraw-Hill in winter 2015/2016? Your participation will benefit thousands of IC practitioners around the world.

    As a member of TAB, your only role is to make comments and suggestions on adding or deleting chapters in the handbook (see attachment)? It would be great if you could recommend someone who is qualify to author a chapter relating to Wide Bandgap fundaments.

    May I call you at 919-515-2011 to discuss your comments and suggestions? In the interim, please feel free to contact me.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    Hwaiyu Geng, P.E.
    http://www.AmicaResearch.org
    Palo Alto, California
    +1 781 690 6139

    Editor/Author:
    Semiconductor Manufacturing Handbook, McGraw-Hill, (2e, Winter 2015/2016)
    Manufacturing Engineering Handbook, McGraw-Hill, (2e, Summer 2015)
    Data Center Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, December 2014
    IoT/Data Analytics Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, March 2016

    Dedicate to “Our Mothers Who Cradle the World,” and “Our Earth Who Gives Us Life.”

  2. Hwaiy Geng, P.E. says:

    This Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineering Handbook is dedicated to:
    Our Mothers Who Cradle the World, and Our Earth Who Gives Us Life.

  3. Hwaiyu Geng says:

    Dear Prof. B. Jayant Baliga,

    It is my greatest honor reading the email posted in your website.

    May I have your permission adding your name to the Technical Advisor Board of the handbook?

    I look forward to receiving your approval. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Hwaiyu Geng
    +1 781 690 6139

  4. Jency says:

    IGBT can be used for small level process to industrial level process by making it as module so now improving the convertor efficiency is easily achieving one.

  5. Hwaiyu Geng says:

    Dear Dr. Baliga,

    Would you please respond if you would accept the invitation as a member at TAB?

    I would appreciate your commitment so I may send you couple manuscripts for peer review.

    THank you for your attention.

    Sincerely,
    Hwaiyu Geng

  6. Hwaiyu Geng says:

    The following is Contents in Brief and Table of Contents for the IoT/Data Analytics Handbook (2016) by John Wiley & Sons:

    CONTENTS IN BRIEF

    PART 1: INTERNET OF THINGS
    PART 2: INTERNET OF THINGS TECHNOLOGIES
    PART 3: DATA ANALYTICS TECHNOLOGIES
    PART 4: SMART EVERYTHING
    PART 5: IOT/DATA ANALYTICS CASE STUDIES
    PART 6: CLOUD, LEGAL, INNOVATION, AND BUSINESS MODEL

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    PART 1: INTERNET OF THINGS

    1. Internet of Things and Data Analytics in the Cloud with Creativity, Invention, Innovation, and Sustainability (Hwaiyu Geng, P.E., Amica Research)
    2. Digital Services and Sustainable Solutions (Rikke Gram-Hansen, Copenhagen Solutions Lab, City of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)
    3. Industrial Internet (Dave Bartlett, GE)
    4. The Industrial Internet of Things: Applications and Taxonomy (Stan Schneider, PhD, Real-Time Innovations)
    5. Strategic Planning for Smarter Cities (Jonathan Reichental, PhD, City of Palo Alto, California)
    6. Next Generation Learning–Smart Medical Team Training (Brenda Bannan, PhD, George Mason U., Shane Gallagher, Advanced Distributed Learning, Bridget Lewis, George Mason U.)
    7. The Brain-Computer Interface in the IoT (Jim McKeeth, Brian Alexakis, Embarcadero Technologies)
    8. IoT Innovation Pulse (John Mattison, MD, Singularity University, Moffett Field, CA)

    PART 2: INTERNET OF THINGS TECHNOLOGIES

    9. IoT Open Systems (Scott Amyx, Amyx KcKinsey)
    10. IoT and MEMS Design (Michael Huff, PhD, MEMS-Exchange)
    11. Electro-Optic Infrared Sensor Technologies for IoT (Venkataraman Sundareswaran, et al. Teledyne)
    12. IPv6 for IoT and Gateway (Geoff Mulligan, IPSO Alliance)
    13. Wireless sensor networks and IoT (David Fong, PhD, CITS-Group)
    14. Networking Protocols and Standards for IoT (Tara Salman, Raj Jain, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis)
    15. IoT Architecture (Shyam Nath, GE Global Research)
    16. Wearable design process (Peter Burnham, David Hindman, Fjordnet)
    17. Beacons Technology with IoT and Big Data (Nick Stein, Stephanie Urbanski, Indoo.rs Inc.)
    18. SCADA Fundamentals and Applications in the IoT (Rich Hunzinger, B-SCADA)

    PART 3: DATA ANALYTICS TECHNOLOGIES

    19. Data Analytics and Predictive Analytics (Amy Shi-Nash, PhD, DataSpark Pte. Ltd., Singapore; David Roi Hardoon, PhD, Azendian)
    20. Data Analysis and Machine Learning Effort in Healthcare: Organization, Limitations, Development of an Approach (Oleg Roderick, PhD, Nicholas Marko, MD, David Sanchez, Geisinger)
    21. Strategy Development and Big Data Analytics (Neil Fraser, PhD, Macquarie U., Sydney, Australia)
    22. Risk Modeling and Data Science (Joshua Frank, PhD, Intuit Company)
    23. Hadoop Technology (Scott Shaw, Horton Works)
    24. Big Data Cyber Security and Privacy (Pratik Verma, PhD, Bluetalon)

    PART 4: SMART EVERYTHING

    25. Connected Vehicles (Adrian Pearmine, DKS Associates)
    26. In-Vehicle Health and Wellness (Pramita Mitra, PhD, Yifan Chen, PhD, Gary S. Strumolo, PhD, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering)
    27. Smart City Architecture and Planning: evolving systems through IoT (Dominique Davison, Ashley Hand, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design)
    28. Water Infrastructure Management and Non-Revenue Water Reduction (Ken Thompson, CH2M)
    29. IoT & Smart Infrastructure System (George Lu, PhD, YJ Yang, goodXense)
    30. IoT and Smart Grid (Rish Ghatikar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
    31. IoT Revolution in Oil and Gas Industry (Satyam Priyadarshy, PhD, Halliburton)
    32. Smart Mining (Rafel Laskier, Vale, Brazil)
    33. IoT Based Cyber Physical Frameworks for Advanced Mfg and Medicine (J. Cecil, PhD, Oklahoma SU)

    PART 5: IOT/DATA ANALYTICS CASE STUDIES

    34. Defragmenting Intelligent Transportation (Alan Carlton, Rafael Cepeda, InterDigital, Tim Gammons, ARUP)
    35. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (Levent Guvenc, PhD, Bilin Aksun Guvenc, PhD, Mumin Tolga Emirler, PhD, Ohio State University)
    36. Transit Hub – Smart Decision Support System for Public Transportation (Aniruddha Gokhale, PhD, Abhishek Dubey, PhD, et al. Vanderbilt University)
    37. Smart Home Services Using the Internet of Things (Gene Wang, Danielle Song, PeoplePower)
    38. Emotional insights via wearables (Gawain Morrison, Sensum, U.K.)
    39. Smart Cities Genova (Valdevies Francesco Saverio, selex-es, Italy)
    40. Structure Monitoring (George Lu, PhD, YJ Yang, goodXense)
    41. Home Healthcare and Remote Patient Monitoring (Karthi Jeyabalan, University of Utah)

    PART 6: CLOUD, LEGAL, INNOVATION, AND BUSINESS MODEL

    42. IoT/Data Analytics and Cloud Computing (James Osborn, Microsoft)
    43. Internet of Things: Privacy and Security Legal Issues (Francoise Gilbert, Greenberg Traurig, LLP)
    44. IoT and Innovation (William Kao, PhD, University of California-Santa Cruz)
    45. IoT Business Models (Hubert Chan, DBA, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China)

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