Power Electronics

Award Recognizes Engineer for Innovative IC Design

Texas Instruments’ Sameer Pendharkar has been awarded the 2008 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) during its annual conference, which was held Jan. 10 in Houston. The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award was established to acknowledge achievements by young investigators in medicine, engineering, science and technology innovations. This year’s award recognizes Pendharkar for developing innovative power management semiconductor technology to improve the reliability and safety of automotive systems, extend battery life in consumer electronics and improve next-generation video capabilities.

“The Academy and the O’Donnell Awards help foster the next generation of scientists and increase the awareness and communication among the state's best and brightest about research priorities for the future,” said Dr. J. Tinsley Oden, 2008 TAMEST president.

Pendharkar, who joined TI’s analog technology development group in 1996, is one of the youngest individuals to be named a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS), a distinction given to only 2% of the TI technical community. His work focuses on designing efficient transistor switches that will improve power conversion efficiency by more than 50% compared to present state-of-the-art technology.

His innovations serve as the foundation of high-voltage, power efficient devices used in automotive applications, such as improved electronic stability control, automatic braking and weight sensors for airbags. In addition, these efficient, robust transistors enhance power systems for consumer electronics to extend battery life while enabling video capabilities in cell phones, laptops, media players and similar devices.

Pendharkar, age 35, is a senior member of the IEEE and was nominated for Young Researcher’s Recognition in the “MIT – Technology Review 100” in 2004. He has been awarded more than 35 U. S. patents since 1996 and has authored or co-authored more than 45 papers published in conference and journal publications.

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