Senior Member Massoud Amin received the first Thought Leader of the Year award from the Energy Thought Summit, an annual conference that brings industry leaders together to debate the future of energy. The award recognizes an individual with “an inventive, brave vision to inspire the global energy ecosystem.” This year’s conference was held in March, in Austin, Texas.
Amin is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s Task Force on Security and Privacy. Amin also belongs to the IEEE Control Systems and IEEE Power & Energy societies.
Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga will receive the 2015 Global Energy Prize. The award, which will be presented this month at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, in Russia, recognizes outstanding scientific research and technological development in energy. The award was established by Global Energy, a nonprofit partnership of leading Russian energy companies, including Gazprom and Surgutneftegaz.
Baliga was honored for the “invention, development, and commercialization of the insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), which is one of the most important innovations for the control and distribution of energy.”
While a researcher in the early 1980s at General Electric’s Research and Development Center in Schenectady, N.Y., Baliga led the development of an energy-efficient IGBT that is now used in light bulbs, automotive electronic ignition systems, electrified railroad trains, home appliances, and other applications. He is now a professor at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh.
Baliga has also been celebrated for his work by IEEE. He received the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor for “the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.” Baliga is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society.
Life Fellow Vijay K. Bhargava received the 2015 Killam Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He was recognized for his achievements in the field of wireless communications.
Bhargava is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, where he leads the university’s R&D program in fifth-generation wireless networks.