3 ECSE Department Alumni Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.
Dr. B. Jayant Baliga, Class of 1974, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for developing the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor - The White House cited Baliga for "development and commercialization of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor and other power semiconductor devices that are extensively used in transportation, lighting, medicine, defense, and renewable energy generation systems."
Steve Sasson, Class of 1972, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the invention of the digital camera, which has revolutionized the way images are captured, stored and shared, thereby creating new opportunities for commerce, education and improved worldwide communication.
Dr. Marcian E. "Ted" Hoff, Jr., Class of 1958, was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the conception, design, development and application of the first microcomputer. The subsequent commercial acceptance of this universal building block enabled a multitude of novel digital electronic systems.
"Why not change the world? - that clarion call for global transformation inspires Rensselaer students every day. These three electrical engineering alumni are among the many who have responded to that challenge, and we celebrate their well-deserved recognition by President Obama with the awarding of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. If you are reading this, your life has been touched by their contributions in ways both obvious and subtle. The digital camera; the microcomputer; the insulated gate bipolar transistor: small devices with an enormous impact."
-Kim L. Boyer, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering