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Over 27 years, Dr. Haridas has been an innovation leader for his institutions, region, and nation by driving the development of FDA Class II and III medical devices to improve clinical outcomes. He has led/participated in multiple startups (Biomerix, Shape Memory Medical, Sentire Medical, Genetesis) and help develop/launch ~18 products through 510k/PMA FDA-CE regulatory clearances & approvals impacting a diverse range of clinical domains (general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology, wound care) serving national needs in treatment of challenging illnesses and chronic disease. Dr. Haridas has created innovation and R&D initiatives at large land grant universities. These include formation of teams and strategies to enhance an institutions IP portfolio, and driving success of startup companies launched from these institutions. He has developed new models for the integration of an institution’s faculty, technologies, and IP portfolio into industrial consortia at the Univ of Cincinnati (MIMTeC – NSF Center), and Texas A&M University including the Manufacturing USA Institutes (CESMII, NIIMBL, ARMI, ARM, RAPID, and America Makes) as well as an NSF Engineering
Research Center (PATHSUP). These initiatives required novel licensing and contracting models to enable engagement of industry partners, many of who compete in the same industry sector(s). As a result, major corporations from across the country are now engaged with Texas A&M bolstering the innovation and educational programs for students in College Station and Texas at large, while enabling new technologies to benefit the USA and beyond. He has also contributed via his own applied research by co-founding the Southwest National Pediatric Devices Innovation Consortium for developing important medical innovations for children, a nationally relevant unmet need. Dr. Haridas’ efforts over his 27-year career have multidimensional societal impact at the intersection of technology innovation, healthcare, and innovation education

During his early career in industry (1994-2004) and his startup companies, Dr. Haridas mentored ~70 engineers to help them build their professional careers, many of which are now leaders in their organizations. After entering academia, Dr. Haridas has created innovation training rograms at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Cincinnati and a BioInnovation Program at Texas A&M University. At the U of Cincinnati, he trained over 100 undergraduate students in medical device innovation via the Senior Capstone experience. He also entored/graduated 7 MS students, and 30 MEng (Master of Engineering) students trained in medical device development. At Texas A&M University, Dr. Haridas created the BioInnovation Master’s Program and has trained 45 students to-date. This program has grown to about 30 students per year and is expected to continue to grow over the next 3 years to ~50 students trained annually via a project based learning model centered on medical device innovation and engineering. These students have already produced substantial numbers of invention disclosures and almost 100% of them now work for medical device companies (startups, mid-size, and large corporations) such as Medtronic, Amgen, LivaNova, KCI/Acelity, Depuy, Biotex, Fannin Innovation Studio, Shape Memory Medical, Corinnova, Temple Bioscience, St. Jude,
Quest Medical, Stryker, Cardioquip, among others. Since transitioning to academia from industry, Dr. Haridas has brought important experiences to the training of the next generation of medical device innovators and has enabled the creation of a new breed of engineers exclusively trained to meet the unique needs of this growing industry.

Dr. Haridas has 8 issued US Patents, 3 families of worldwide/foreign PCT patents and patent applications (31 pending or issued filings in multiple countries and/or divisional/CIP applications).  Despite spending the first half of his career in industry (where public disclosures and publications are rare), he has >20 archival research publications, 55 conference presentations, proceedings, and invited talks.  Over his career-to-date, Dr. Haridas has obtained over $100 million in peer-reviewed grant and private investment funding combined, including ~$10 million as the Principal Investigator, ~$35 Million as a co-PI/Co-investigator, and ~$60 million as a PI in private industrial R&D contracts.  He has served as an editor and reviewer for many journals, elected as a National Juror for the annual Medical Design Excellence Awards for 4 years (2009-2013), the flagship event for the largest medical devices conference (MD&M Show) and trade show in the world.  In recognition of his work & contributions, Dr. Haridas was also recently elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering-AIMBE (2019), an honor that is awarded only to the top 2% of professionals in the field.

Robert S. Balog received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. His current research interests include power electronic converters and balance-of-systems technologies for solar photovoltaic energy, microinverters for ac photovoltaic modules, and highly reliable electrical power and energy systems including dc microgrids.
Dr. Balog joined Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2009 where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory, and co_Director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Next Generation Photovoltaics. He holds a joint faculty appointment with Texas A&M University at Qatar where he is currently in-residence. Prior to joining TAMU, from 1996 to 1999, he was an Engineer with Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA, USA where he developed lighting controls and systems. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Researcher with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, USA where he was involved in researching concepts for military migrogrids. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Senior Engineer at SolarBridge Technologies, Champaign, IL, USA were he lead the technology transfer of the microinverter he developed while a graduate student at the Univeristy of Ilinois. As a non-equity technology founder he invented the orginal technologies, directed the initial engineering team, and was part of the team that secured the $6 million Round A funding from a Tier I venture capital firm. The startup company was acquired by Sunpower Corp in 2014 which at the time was on the the largest companies in the PV module industry. In 2018, 80% of the residential solar panels shipped in the US market by SunPower included some form for Dr. Balog’s patented technologies. The microinverter business units was then acquired by Enphase in 2018.
Dr. Balog is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and the State of Texas. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), previously elected Member-at-Large for the Power Electronics Society Administrative Committee and previously served as the chair of the Membership committee and Graduates of the Last Decade committee. He was the Technical Program Chair for the 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition which is internationally recognized as one of the two flagship conference on power electronics. He received the inaugural IEEE Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship in 2001 for his work on power electronics in telecommunications systems. Has been a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Solar Energy Society, and Solar Electric Power Association. He was recognized as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2011 and was the recipient of the 2011 Rutgers College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer Award. Dr. Balog holds 18 issued U.S. patents, with many additional pending, and received a 2017 Texas A&M System Technology Commercilization Patent Award. He is co-author of the book “Microgrids and other Local Area Power and Energy Systems” published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

The NAI Senior Member program is an exclusive award distinction reserved for NAI Member Institutions like Texas A&M University. NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators with success in patents, licensing and commercialization and have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to deliver, a real impact on the welfare of society. Senior Members also foster a spirit of innovation within their communities through enhancing a creative atmosphere at their institutions, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors.