John Edmond

Co-Founder
CREE

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Dr. John Edmond graduated with a BS in ceramic engineering at Alfred University in 1983 and a PhD in Materials Science at NC State University in 1987. Upon graduation he co-founded Cree, Inc. Since its founding, Dr. Edmond has worked on the development and production of blue, green and white LEDs from SiC and the Group III-Nitride materials. In 2007, Edmond earned a place on Business 2.0s ‘50 Who Matter Now’ list. The distinction placed him alongside business celebrities such as the late Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple, and the chiefs of Amazon, Cisco and Google. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from NC State. In 2014, he received the Charlotte Business Journal Energy Leadership Award. Today, his research is focused on SiC materials for power semiconductor device applications and advancing the performance of LEDs to enable the next generation of high efficiency solid state lighting solutions. He has 160 issued and 8 pending patents in the US, with an additional 264 issued and 24 pending foreign patents in these fields of research.

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