DAREM, NC- (BUSINESS WIRE) — The National Academy of Engineering has chosen Wolfspeed, Inc. (NYSE: WOLF) co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Dr. John Palmour in the organization’s 2022 class to develop advanced silicon carbide-based electronic devices.
Palmour was one of the graduate students at the University of North Carolina who founded the company (then Cree) in 1987 with the belief that silicon carbide could provide the highest semiconductor technology. With his knowledge and experience Palmour helped Wolfspeed to transform and develop. Now, more than 30 years later, the business has evolved into a pure-game semiconductor power plant, leading the industry’s transition from silicon to silicon carbide.
“We all feel privileged to work with John,” said Wolfspeed CEO Greg Lowe. “His passion and experience with this transformational technology over the years has led our team to groundbreaking innovation, and today allows us to help our customers reach new levels of energy efficiency.”
Silicon carbide is currently used in many technologies from electric vehicles to gaming systems to industrial engines, renewable energy and energy storage. Palmour has been advocating and implementing silicon carbide for power and GaN on silicon carbide for Russia for over 30 years, enabling faster, more energy-efficient technologies that are fundamental to many industries as they prepare and adapt to more sustainable the future. The company congratulates him and other innovators who were also selected for the 2022 class.
Palmour is the author of 386 scientific publications and holds 81 U.S. patents in the processing and design of devices for electronic devices made of silicon carbide and gallium nitride.
Membership in the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional honors for an engineer, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research and practice, including discovering new and evolving technology industries and making significant advances in engineering.
This year, 111 new members and 22 international members were elected. Their official presentation will take place on October 2, 2022 at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering.
Wolfspeed (NYSE: WOLF) is a market leader worldwide in the use of silicon carbide and GaN technology. We offer industry-leading solutions for energy efficiency and a sustainable future. The Wolfspeed product family includes silicon carbide materials, power switching devices and radio frequency devices designed for a variety of applications such as electric vehicles, fast charging, 5G, renewable energy and storage, and aerospace and defense. We unleash the power of opportunity through hard work, collaboration and a passion for innovation. Find out more at www.wolfspeed.com.
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