P.O. Box 1268, Raleigh, NC 27602


The Engineers' Extra
The Raleigh Engineers Club (REC) has been in existence since 1926.  The club seeks to promote the Engineering field through monthly technical meetings and support of those pursuing a future in the Engineering discipline.  We award an annual scholarship to a Raleigh area graduating high school senior to enter the school of engineering at NC State. Our members have a diverse background of engineering disciplines and represent several companies and government agencies located in the Raleigh area.

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Join the Raleigh Engineers Club!

Annual membership is only $35 per year and the meeting costs are a value with lunch included! Our goal is to provide great programs to its members, offer licensed members an opportunity for continuing education credits, and award a semester of tuition to NC State University. The scholarship goes to a deserving, graduating Raleigh area high school senior choosing engineering as a career at NC State. Membership is available to anyone working in support of the engineering profession. You do not have to be an engineer. Download an application here and bring it and your payment with you to the next meeting or email the completed application to secretary@raleighengineersclub.org. We'll get you on the mailing list right away!

The Raleigh Engineers Club has monthly  lunch meetings that  cover engineering topics of interest to all types of engineers and people interested in engineering activities regardless of discipline. The Raleigh Engineers Club is a NC Board of Registration for Engineers Certified provider of professional development hours (PDH credits) for licensed engineers. Eleven meetings are held annually with one set aside for scholarship awards and updates on successes of engineering graduates from NCSU. So ten professional development hours are provided each year. Note that you do not need to be a licensed engineer or a graduate engineer to be a member! View our Constitution and Bylaws !

January 21st   February 18th   March 18th   April 15th   May 20th   June 17th   July 22nd August 19th   September 16th    October 21st      December 9th

Email us at secretary@raleighengineersclub.org if you have questions

The lunch meetings are held at Sitti Authentic Lebanese Restaurant located on 137 S Wilmington St in downtown Raleigh.

The member cost of the meeting, lunch, including beverages, taxes and tip is $25 cash or check
($26 credit card) . Non member cost is $30 cash or check ($31 credit card )
You may register in advance with Eventbrite to avoid check-in lines at the door.

Note that opting out of the lunch will not reduce the meeting price.

If you did not register with  Eventbrite (above),  make every effort to be there at 11:30 AM to sign in, remit your payment and get your badge.Those registered with Eventbrite will find there badges on the express table.

Checks are payable to The Raleigh Engineers Club .

Chelsea Parkinson, PE
2018 Club President

June 17 ,2019
11:30AM- 1:00PM

* An important reminder: When responding to attend, please do so by the deadline, and be conscientious about your commitment. We are charged for unused meals, and at other times, have difficulty when we have more attend than planned. Lunch includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and water or iced tea (there is an extra charge to our club for any other beverages including coffee). We would appreciate your help with this as we carefully manage our club finances. Thank you!
Dr. Ralengclu
Club Scientist
Growth in Silicon Carbide Technology


Dr. John W. Palmour
Chief Technology Officer
  Wolfspeed, a Cree company

Silicon Carbide (SiC) is a wide bandgap semiconductor that allows transistors for power management applications to be far more efficient than the silicon based switches that have been used for many years.  While SiC has been adopted in a number of industrial power management applications, the efficiency improvements it offers is now enabling more efficient electric vehicles that can drive further in range, and charge faster.  This is leading to explosive growth for this new semiconductor.  SiC has classically been a very difficult material to grow in single crystal form, but Cree has been leading this technology for more than 30 years.  This talk will cover the challenges in growing the crystals, the fundamental reasons why it is much better than silicon, and how the SiC power devices are being used in next generation electric vehicles to reduce cost and extend range.

Dr. John W. Palmour is the Chief Technology Officer for Wolfspeed, a Cree company.  He directs and conducts the Power Device, Microwave device, and materials development for Wolfspeed.  He was one of the co-founders of Cree in 1987, and served on the Board of Directors for the company from 1995 to 2010.  Dr. Palmour has been a leader in SiC and GaN device development for the last 30 years, and has demonstrated numerous firsts in these technology areas.  During his career, he has authored or co-authored more than 380 publications and is a co-inventor on 75 U.S. patents.  Dr. Palmour received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in 1982 and 1988, respectively, where his major was in Materials Science and Engineering.  Dr. Palmour became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2013.

This program will provide 1 pdh credit

Downtown Parking

The most convenient parking deck is Alexander Square Parking Deck  located across the street with an entrance on the Wilmington Street Side. 
The Raleigh Engineers Club is proud to announce Riley Harrison as the 2019 recipient of the REC's annual engineering scholarship.  She graduates from Middle Creek High School in Apex and plans to pursue a biomedical engineering degree at NC State University, and was also accepted into their University Honors Program.  Our scholarship will cover the cost of tuition for her first semester.

Please join us for our regular meeting on Monday, July 22nd for a short award ceremony and a presentation from DR Ingram, from NC State, sharing a wealth of information about the latest graduating class from NCSU's College of Engineering.