DALLAS – The Metroplex Technology Business Council has named J.-C.
Chiao, a UT Arlington electrical engineering professor, a 2011 Tech Titan in
the Technology Innovator category.
has about 300 members and serves as an innovation hub and network for the North
Texas technology community. The Tech Titans awards are in their 11th year of
recognizing outstanding technology companies and North Texas individuals who
have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.
“It is a
tremendous honor to have our research recognized, especially because all of the
finalists were so deserving and prestigious,” Chiao said.
honored for his achievements in developing wireless miniature gastrostimulators called BLESS, or BatteryLess EndoScopically-implantable
Stimulators. The devices can help treat gastroparesis in patients battling diabetes, cancer and obesity. The implant eliminates the need for major surgery and
can be positioned during a 30-minute outpatient procedure.
fortunate to have a world-class team at UT Arlington: high quality students,
excellent support staff and administrators,” Chiao said. “UT Arlington is not
just a top-tier institute for scientific discoveries but also a University full of synergy
between research and commercialization because of great professional supports
in tech transfer, IP protection and commercialization.”
Giraldo, vice president sales for applications software at Alcatel-Lucent and
chair of the MTBC’s Tech Titans steering committee, offered his congratulations
to all award winners.
Titans awards are the premier recognition of fast-growing, highly innovative
companies that contribute to the vibrancy of the North Texas economy and make
our region an exciting place to live and work,” Giraldo said.
Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington vice president for research and federal relations,
said Chiao’s research is representative of the kind of innovation that is the hallmark of a national
produces research that will translate to the marketplace,” Elsenbaumer said.
“His work has the potential to help millions of people.”
to Chiao, UT Arlington’s TMAC facility at the Automation & Robotics
Research Institute was a finalist in the Technology Advocate Award category.
Debra Wawro, chief executive officer and chief scientist, was a finalist in the
Emerging Company Horizon Award Category. Wawro earned her doctorate at UT
joined the UT Arlington faculty in 2002 and was the University’s first O’Donnell
Award recipient for his work in advancing science and technology research.
Chiao also was one of five Texas researchers honored this year by The Academy
of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.
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The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.