Monday, October 3, 2011
J.-C. Chiao takes a practical approach to research. When doctors tell him they have a problem, he figures out a solution. This mindset has resulted in several inventions that could aid millions of people suffering from cancer and other diseases. He and his team have developed a sensor implant that helps patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, a closed-loop implant system that inhibits pain, and a miniature gastrostimulator to treat gastroparesis in people battling diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Add to the list his project to develop a device to predict prostate cancer metastasis, and it’s easy to see why the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Electrical Engineering continues to win prestigious awards.
Last year Dr. Chiao became UT Arlington’s first recipient of the O’Donnell Award in Engineering from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He also was named a 2011 Tech Titan by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. “UT Arlington is not just a top-tier institute for scientific discoveries,” he says, “but also a university full of synergy between research and commercialization.”