Leadership

GE Global Research Centers rely on the guidance of visionary leaders with deep technical knowledge on the ground at each of our sites.
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Vic Abate

Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President

GE

Victor (Vic) Abate was named GE’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President in September 2015.  Vic is responsible for one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations. Vic lead... Victor (Vic) Abate was named GE’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President in September 2015.  Vic is responsible for one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations.

Vic leads 50,000 engineers across GE and 2,000 scientists at GE Global Research. GE Global Research is where GE’s next breakthrough inventions are born, fueling the company's long-range technology needs. Research facilities are located in the United States, India, China, Germany and Brazil, working in collaboration with GE businesses around the world.

In his previous role, Vic served as the President & CEO of Gas Power Systems for GE Power, overseeing worldwide operations of GE’s heavy-duty gas turbine, steam turbine, generator and controls businesses. In this role, he led the development of GE’s HA gas turbine, which powers the world’s most efficient combined cycle power plant, located in France. The business has the largest delivered fleet of gas turbines in the world with more than 7,400 turbines operating in 112 countries and manufacturing in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

From 2005 to 2013, Vic was President & CEO of GE’s Renewable Energy business, one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable energy technology. In this role, Vic led the development and launch of GE’s 1.6-100 onshore wind turbine and GE’s 2.5-120 brilliant wind turbine, both of which were recognized as game changing products in the industry.

Vic began his GE career in 1990 and has held several management roles in engineering, services, production, and quality. In 1996, he led the large turbine generator business as the quality leader and was subsequently appointed general manager of generator technology. In 1999, Vic assumed responsibility for leading the gas turbine volume ramp up in GE’s Power Generation segment, and in late 2000 he was appointed general manager of steam turbine technology. In 2003, he became a GE company officer as the vice president of technology for power generation, which included technology for gas, steam, wind, solar, and hydro-turbine generators, gasification technologies, and integrated gasification combined cycle.

Prior to joining GE, Vic worked for Allied Signal and Zurn Industries and was responsible for mechanical drive technology and new product development.

Vic is a member of the Board of Directors of UI Labs and previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the American Wind Energy Association.

Originally from Williamstown, Massachusetts, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College, and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and his wife Karen have four children and reside in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Colin Parris, Ph.D.

Vice President

GE Software Research

Colin is at the forefront of GE’s transformation into the world’s leading Digital Industrial company. He leads a team of software, systems, and analytics experts researching the ways data can impact industry. His role encompasses partne... Colin is at the forefront of GE’s transformation into the world’s leading Digital Industrial company. He leads a team of software, systems, and analytics experts researching the ways data can impact industry. His role encompasses partnerships with GE’s businesses, partners, and clients.

Prior to joining GE in 2014, Colin spent two decades working at IBM, serving most recently as the Vice President, Systems Research in the IBM TJ Watson Research Division. Prior to that role, he was the General Manager for IBM’s Power Systems business and was responsible for all business operations for the $5 billion business.

In addition to his many executive roles at IBM, Colin also held several research positions at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and at AT&T Bell Laboratories and has published technical papers on network management, multimedia systems, and mobile agents. He holds 6 patents.

Colin received a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from Howard University and went on to receive master’s degrees in electric engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as in management from Stanford University, as a Sloan Fellow. He also received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

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Danielle Merfeld, Ph.D.

Vice President, Niskayuna Technology Center and Technology Director

Electrical Technologies & Systems

  Danielle is Vice President at GE Global Research, reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE.  In this role, she leads the Silicon Carbide and Edge Controls horizontal breakout teams, which are focu...  

Danielle is Vice President at GE Global Research, reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE.  In this role, she leads the Silicon Carbide and Edge Controls horizontal breakout teams, which are focused on delivering critical achievements in SiC devices & systems and developing critical Edge product applications and platforms, respectively. She also leads the Electronics organization, a global team of scientists and engineers, responsible for advanced technology development in the areas of semiconductor devices & packaging and signal electronics.  In addition to her technical leadership roles, Danielle also serves as the General Manager of GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY running operations, leading the functional teams and enabling contemporary research practices.

She is currently the co-leader of the GE Women’s Network, a global organization focused on the recruiting, retention, development and promotion of talented women across GE.

Prior to her role at GE Global Research, Danielle was General Manager of Solar Technologies at GE Energy.  Danielle received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has authored or co-authored over 70 papers in refereed technical journals and has given presentations at conferences and symposiums around the world.  Danielle is a member of several technical associations and sits on the University of Notre Dame’s Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council.

 

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Michael Idelchik

Vice President

Advanced Technology Programs

Since 2004, Michael has overseen GE’s longest-range, highest-impact research endeavors in emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, energy conversion, molecular medicine, advanced propulsion, organic electronics and sustainable energy... Since 2004, Michael has overseen GE’s longest-range, highest-impact research endeavors in emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, energy conversion, molecular medicine, advanced propulsion, organic electronics and sustainable energy. He came to the role from the managing director position at GE’s China Technology Center, which he founded and grew. Michael began at GE as an aircraft engineer in 1978 and progressed through a number of engineering positions before moving to Medical Systems as a global x-ray engineering manager in 1994. Later, he was named general manager of global components engineering , where he led the introduction of a LightSpeed Detector for the world’s first multi-slice CT scanner and the delivery of the first 41cm digital x-ray detectors for clinical evaluations. By 1999, he was named vice president and general manager of global technology for GE Lighting , where he led the company’s entry into technical lighting markets with video projection, light-emitting diodes and electronics and ballast products before moving on to head GE’s research operations in China.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds 12 patents and earned the GE Chairman’s Award for Technology Leadership in 2006 in recognition of lifetime achievement in driving innovation and growth for the future.

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Munesh Makhija

Managing Director

GE India Technology Center

Munesh Makhija heads a team of 5300 GE engineers and scientists across our technology centres in India. As Managing Director, he leads GE’s R&D efforts in India and drives growth by enhancing technical capability and new product d... Munesh Makhija heads a team of 5300 GE engineers and scientists across our technology centres in India. As Managing Director, he leads GE’s R&D efforts in India and drives growth by enhancing technical capability and new product development. Munesh is also CTO for GE India, focusing on locally relevant innovation while delivering advanced technology to solve global challenges.

Prior to his current role, Munesh has held various leadership positions within GE, including VP for Global Research at GE Healthcare, where he was responsible for research collaborations around the world. He has also served as CTO for GE Healthcare - India, supporting global innovations, while focusing on healthcare products and solutions for India and emerging super-value markets.

Munesh joined GE Healthcare in 2003 as an Engineering Director for GE Healthcare. Munesh is a Member of the Board of Directors - Wisconsin Technology Council, USA. He is also on the National Leadership Council - GE Asian Pacific American Forum.

He has been recognized with the Best National Healthcare Innovation Award by FICCI, India (2012), the Best Mobile Technology for Improving Patient Care Award by Consumer Health World, USA (2009) and the Java One Emerging Technology Award, USA (2005) for Healthcare. Before joining GE, Munesh was in the telecommunications industry for 10 years and held several positions in technology and research leadership, software engineering, new product development, program management and product marketing. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Follow him @muneshm

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Carlos Härtel, Dr.-Ing.

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Europe

GE Global Research Center–Europe

Carlos was appointed Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Europe in July 2016. He is responsible for driving new product and technology development,and partners closely with GE businesses to develop innovative offerings supportin... Carlos was appointed Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Europe in July 2016.

He is responsible for driving new product and technology development,and partners closely with GE businesses to develop innovative offerings supporting, developing and executing on industrial and digital market strategies across Europe.

Carlos took the helm at GE Global Research Center–Europe in 2007 after managing the center’s laboratory for alternative energies. Since joining GE in 2003, he has developed strong partnerships between the center and a number of universities and companies. Earlier in his career, he held positions as scientist and manager in gas turbine development at Alstom (Schweiz) AG and as a researcher and university lecturer at ETH Zurich.

Carlos holds degrees in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen and the Technical University of Munich and a doctorate from the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center), Göttingen. He holds several patents and has authored more than 50 papers. Keep up with him on Twitter: @CarlosHaertel.

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Matthew Guyette

Director – Product Management Science & Innovation Adaption

GE Global Research

Matt leads the Product Management Science and Innovation Adoption Lab – “PMsci”. Comprised of managers and specialists in Product Management, Ecosystem Analytics and Product Cost-out, Matt and his team work to expand margins and map s... Matt leads the Product Management Science and Innovation Adoption Lab – “PMsci”. Comprised of managers and specialists in Product Management, Ecosystem Analytics and Product Cost-out, Matt and his team work to expand margins and map science to customer value.

The PMsci experts partner with business leaders to drive product management excellence, reduce product cost and develop differentiated technology. PMsci is comprised of three focus areas;

1. Innovation Adoption and Excellence team – Partners with the business to implement tools such as Product Catalogs, Cost Handbooks, and Margin Roadmaps.
2. Product Cost-out Team – Works side-by-side in the businesses with cross-functional teams to identify and drive cost out through should cost assessments, redesign for cost and identification of value derivatives.
3. Ecosystems & Science – Builds techno-economic models linking physics to customer value and creates ecosystem models to guide strategic investment in disruptive technologies.

Prior to GRC, Matt was with GE Power where he most recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer. While there, he was responsible for driving market analytics and delivering a growth strategy for the business. These initiatives included a refresh of every major product line, regional prioritization and growth strategies, acquisition of Alstom and the launch of Energy NewCo (now Current) delivering more than $15B of operating margin over the last three years. Prior to that role he was the market development GM and a product line leader for GE Renewable Energy.

Matt has been with GE for 17 years, with roles in both GE Energy and GE Global Research. He has held key leadership positions in product line, market development, supply chain, and research. Matt earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School in Rochester, NY.

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Keith Longtin

Director, Product Breakout Lab

Product Breakout Lab

Keith Longtin is Director, Product Breakout Lab at GE Global Research.  This lab has a deep focus on accelerating product breakout moves across the GE portfolio, focusing on competitive differentiation and commercial viability. In this rol... Keith Longtin is Director, Product Breakout Lab at GE Global Research.  This lab has a deep focus on accelerating product breakout moves across the GE portfolio, focusing on competitive differentiation and commercial viability. In this role, Longtin and his team partner with GE businesses and functions to drive rigor, performance and alignment on critical technologies and products.

A 26-year GE veteran, Longtin has held leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing, and product development.  In his former role, he was the General Manager of Onshore Wind Products at GE Renewable Energy. He was responsible for developing and executing GE’s product, technology and competitiveness strategy for wind. He pioneered GE Renewable Energy’s digital revolution through launches of the “brilliant” wind turbine, the Digital Wind Farm and Wind PowerUp platform, harnessing GE’s physical and digital expertise to produce greater outcomes for our customers.

Prior to rejoining the Renewables team, Longtin was the Technology Director for wind at GE Global Research where he led a broad portfolio of advanced research programs including unconventional blade design and manufacturing concepts, and state-of-the-art control development to better integrate wind power onto the grid.

 

Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

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Rafael Aymone

General Manager

GE Brazil Technology Center

Rafael was appointed General Manager for the Brazil Technology Center, located in Rio de Janeiro, in January 2017. Leading a team of researchers and engineers, Rafael is responsible for GE's innovation agenda in Latin America, based on ... Rafael was appointed General Manager for the Brazil Technology Center, located in Rio de Janeiro, in January 2017.

Leading a team of researchers and engineers, Rafael is responsible for GE's innovation agenda in Latin America, based on the development of digital and industrial technologies to increase productivity and reduce costs for the company's customers in several sectors, such as Energy, Renewables, Healthcare, Transportation, Aviation, and Oil & Gas.

Rafael has been with GE for more than 16 years, having held leadership positions in the engineering teams of GE Aviation and GE Oil & Gas.

In 2015, he was named Leader of Engineering Operations at GE Oil & Gas in Houston, where he led resource optimization initiatives, ensuring a simpler, more agile and productive organization with maximized defined investments..

Rafael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an MBA from the Brazilian Institute of Markets and Capitals (Ibmec).

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