College of Engineering

Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering Jayant Baliga can claim one of the world’s smallest carbon footprints—over a negative trillion pounds per year. Baliga’s 1979 invention, demonstration and commercialization of the IGBT (a transistor) enabled variable-speed motors throughout the world, saving energy in everything from air conditioners and home appliances to factory automation, CAT scanners and bullet trains. An IGBT is part of each of the 600 million compact fluorescent light bulbs in use today, as well as every wind power installation. Another of his 120 inventions, a field effect transistor, significantly increased the power efficiency of computers. He’s developing a new generation of power devices for the 21st Century. Baliga has founded three spin-off companies to commercialize his inventions. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the European Academy of Sciences, and has won numerous prestigious national and international awards. In 1998, Scientific American Magazine named him one of the eight heroes of the semiconductor revolution.

College Awards 10-Year Comparison 1998-2007


Dr. Jay Baliga