RALEIGH (AP) â€” President Barack Obama has named a North Carolina State University professor as one of the winners of the countryâ€™s top prize for technological achievement.
The White House press office says Obama announced the award Tuesday.
Professor B. Jayant Baliga (Bal-IGâ€™-uh) received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation along with four other inventors around the country.
Baliga was honored for inventing and developing the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor. Itâ€™s an energy-saving semiconductor switch thatâ€™s extensively used in transportation, medicine, consumer goods and other industries.
N.C. State says that the improved efficiency from using the device also significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
Baliga says itâ€™s an honor to be recognized for his work.
The winners will formally receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.