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Faculty Honored for Inventions

Distinguished University Professor of electrical engineering Jayant Baliga
Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering Ruben Carbonell
Lampe Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering Frances Ligler

Three NC State faculty members have been named fellows by the National Academy of Inventors.

B. Jayant Baliga is a prolific inventor in the field of power semiconductor devices with 120 U.S. patents issued to him, many of which have been commercialized by his four startup companies. His most famous invention is the insulated gate bipolar transistor. Its extensive applications in all sectors of the world-wide economy have saved consumers $23.7 trillion and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 109 trillion pounds over the last 25 years.

Ruben Carbonell has more than 30 patents and is the co-founder of Pathogen Removal and Diagnostic Technologies Inc., Oryx Bio, and Green Clean LLC. Carbonell and his colleagues founded PRDT to commercialize his peptide affinity ligand resins to remove the infectious prion protein (responsible for Mad Cow Disease) from blood and blood products.

Frances S. Ligler is a member and past chair of the Bioengineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering. She has more than 350 full-length publications and patents, which have led to 11 commercial biosensor products and have been cited more than 8,200 times.

This article was originally published by NC State News.