Dr. Calvin Carter
PhDMaterials Science and Engineering, 1983
MSMaterials Science and Engineering, 1980
BSMaterials Science and Engineering, 1977
Dr. Carter is one of the founders of Cree, Inc. He is also a College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and a recipient of the 2002 National Medal of Technology presented by President George W. Bush. A native of Statesville, NC, he served as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State from 1984 to 1987. An expert in crystal growth, thin film deposition, impurity doping, and materials characterization, he has been instrumental in the perfecting and commercializing of silicon carbide semiconductor wafers for both the military and consumer markets. His innovative research opened the doors for the development of blue and green light-emitting diodes, energy-efficient white light generation, high power solid-state microwave amplifiers, and high quality manmade gemstones. Dr. Carter serves on the Board of Directors for the NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. He created a scholarship endowment in the MSE Department at NC State.