ARLINGTON - J.C. Chiao, a UT Arlington
electrical engineering professor, has been honored by The Academy of Medicine,
Engineering and Science of Texas with an O’Donnell Award in Engineering for his
pioneering achievements in developing implantable sensors that can help treat
severe acid reflux.
Chiao, who joined the
University in 2002, is the first UT Arlington O’Donnell Award recipient and was
one of five Texas researchers honored during the 8th annual TAMEST
conference in Austin this week.
Each year, the Edith and
Peter O’Donnell Awards recognize rising Texas researchers who are addressing
the essential role that science and technology play in society and whose work
meets the highest standards of exemplary professional performance, creativity
In addition to treating
severe acid reflux, Chiao’s work also can determine the effectiveness of drugs
in the esophagus. He has developed a device that includes a battery-less
strain sensor that can detect esophageal wall pressure or bladder volume.
In collaboration with other researchers, Chiao also has
developed sensors known as neurostimulators that are designed to detect and
block pain signals by transmitting electric signals into neurons.
Chiao said he was humbled by
“There are many excellent
researchers at UT Arlington who deserve this award more than I do. I would like
to share this honor with all my collaborators, colleagues and students,” Chiao
said. “I enjoy doing my research and am thankful for having a great environment
at UT Arlington in which to work. I believe the technology we’ve developed can
help improve peoples’ lives.”
Chiao also is an adjunct associate professor of internal medicine
at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and serves on
the graduate faculty of the joint UT Arlington-UT Southwestern biomedical
Other award winners were
Margaret A. Goodell from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Kim Orth from
UT Southwestern Medical Center for science, and David Fuller III and Duncan
Hudson III for technology. The technology winners are employed by National
Instruments in Austin.
“In concert with the original
intent of the O’Donnell Awards, this year’s recipients exemplify extraordinary
achievements by young investigators at the forefront of scientific discovery in
their respective disciplines and areas of expertise,” said Francisco G.
Cigarroa, M.D., TAMEST’s 2010 president and chancellor of The University of
Texas System. “Recognizing these outstanding achievements highlights the
extremely high level of scientific research being conducted in Texas and
underscores the need for research funding and STEM education critical to future
innovation and maintaining a competitive edge in our state and nation.”
TAMEST was founded in 2004 by
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Nobel Laureates Dr. Michael Brown and the late
Dr. Richard Smalley to provide broader recognition of the state’s top achievers
in medicine, engineering and science, and to build a stronger identity for
Texas as an important destination and center of achievement in these fields.
Visit www.tamest.org for more information about the organization
and the award winners.
Chiao's work is representative of the research under way at The University of Texas at Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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