J. Christopher Dries *96, *99

President and CEO, United Silicon Carbide
Degrees: 
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Duke University

Dr. Dries is currently the President and CEO of United Silicon Carbide which offers products that will enable affordable power efficiency. He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and then proceeded to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton in the field of InGaAsP based optoelectronic devices. Upon graduation, he joined Sensors Unlimited in Princeton NJ, leading the company's development of optical receivers for fiber based transmission systems. Following the sale of the business to Finisar Corporation in 2000, Dr. Dries and other members of the Sensors management team took the business private again in 2002, and re-built the company as an imaging and spectroscopy business. In 2005, Goodrich Corporation acquired Sensors Unlimited where Dr. Dries was Vice President of Research and Development. He left Goodrich Corporation in 2007 and co-founded DOLCE Technologies to pursue other early stage high technology ventures. Dr. Dries also serves on the Dean of the Graduate School's Leadership Council, is an active volunteer for Princeton University Annual Giving, and serves on Duke University's Pratt School Board of Visitors.