People News: John Edmond, Russell Dupuis, LSG, Fusion Optix

June 11, 2007
Cree's John Edmond is in the running to identify the most important business leaders. Russell Dupuis has won the IEEE Edison Medal and LSG and Fusion Optix have made key appointments.
Cree founder competes with other business luminaries

Cree co-founder John Edmond is in the running to be voted one of the 50 People Who Matter Most Now in a competition being run on the Business 2.0 Magazine website (part of

Edmond is in good company; other participants include Bill Gates, Bono, Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch and the co-founders of Google.

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MOCVD pioneer Dupuis wins IEEE medal

The IEEE has named Russell Dupuis as the recipient of its 2007 IEEE Edison Medal. Sponsored by Samsung Electronics, the award recognizes Dupuis' pioneering contributions to metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technology, a technique used to deposit the layers of material from which LED devices are fabricated. Currently, Dupuis is a professor in the School of Electrical Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Dupuis' most notable work has come with the production of semiconductor materials and devices by way of MOCVD technology, through which he was the first to grow III-V compound solar cells, injection lasers, and LEDs. He is also responsible for seminal advances in the MOCVD crystal growth process and initial development of sophisticated equipment for vapor-phase growth of advanced semiconductor heterostructure devices.

LSG appoints Kenneth Honeycutt as president, COO

Lighting Science Group Corporation (LSG) has appointed Kenneth Honeycutt as the company's president and COO. He has also joined the board of directors, having previously served on LSG's advisory board. With more than 30 years of lighting industry experience, Honeycutt is a well known and respected authority in the industry. From 2002 to 2006, he served as CEO and president of Acuity Brands Lighting and executive VP of Acuity Brands, one of the world's leading providers of lighting fixtures and specialty chemical products.

Prior to that, Mr. Honeycutt was the president of Lithonia Lighting Group, the leading brand of lighting equipment for commercial, industrial, outdoor, and residential applications in North America.

Honeycutt commented, "The rapid development of solid state lighting technology is unleashing forces of change that promise to transform the way lighting is done -- and possibly the lighting industry itself. LSG offers me the opportunity to play a key role in creating a next generation enterprise that is designed from the ground up to be a lean and agile winner in this fast moving environment.

"LSG has been built on a strong foundation of innovative R&D and is now investing in the operating capabilities needed to support its growth within the energy efficient lighting market. I look forward to joining the leadership team at this important inflection point in the history of the company and the lighting industry."

Bruce Berkoff joins Fusion Optix board

Bruce Berkoff, Chairman and Founder of the LCD TV Association, has joined the Fusion Optix team as the newest member of the Advisory Board. Berkoff's experience in the display industry and keen understanding of the LCD TV market in particular is described as a "solid addition" to Fusion Optix. The LCD TV Association is a nonprofit organization designed to "inform, promote, improve, and connect" the many facets of the global LCD TV industry.

Terry Yeo, President and CEO of Fusion Optix, sees Berkoff as a welcome addition to the team, particularly due to his previous Board experience and extensive view of the display industry. Yeo commented, "I respect Bruce's efforts in forming a trade association that will aid the development of the LCD TV industry, and I look forward to working closely with him and utilizing his expertise in the industry."