Dr. John Edmund
Dr. Edmond is one of the founders of Cree, Inc. He is also a College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. While a student, he teamed with a group of other graduate students and young faculty on some promising silicon carbide research, and upon graduation they co-founded what became Cree, Inc. He has worked on the development and production of blue and green LEDs, first in silicon carbide, then in Group III Nitrides on silicon carbide. In those fields, he holds 133 patents in the US, with 26 more pending, and 244 foreign patents, with 57 more pending. Dr. Edmond created an endowment named the Edmond Graduate Fellowship in the MSE Department at NC State that benefits graduate students, which is the first graduate fellowship endowment in the department’s history. Dr. Edmond also serves on the MSE Department’s External Advisory Board. Edmond has been the driving force behind more than $1 million in unrestricted research support that Cree has provided to NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility.