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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Mark Little, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President

Global Research

Mark took the helm of GE Global Research in 2005. His GE career began in 1978 when he took a role in GE’s gas turbine business. From management positions in engineering, he became product general manager for generators. Then, in 1991, he ... Mark took the helm of GE Global Research in 2005. His GE career began in 1978 when he took a role in GE’s gas turbine business. From management positions in engineering, he became product general manager for generators. Then, in 1991, he became general manager of business development for GE Energy, responsible for strategic planning and joint venture development. Over the next several years, he was appointed product general manager for gas turbines, then vice president of power generation engineering, followed by vice president of GE Power Generation, where he was responsible for the gas turbine, generator and power plants business and eventually adding the hydro and wind turbine businesses to his portfolio.

Mark holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts and Northeastern universities, respectively, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2009, he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in recognition of his significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. He also is a member of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s board of trustees.

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A. Nadeem Ishaque, Ph.D.

Global Technology Director

Diagnostics & Biomedical Technologies

Nadeem leads a portfolio of Healthcare research and development programs with a global team of more than 500 scientists. He specializes in shaping new industry initiatives in science and technology related to product development and clinica... Nadeem leads a portfolio of Healthcare research and development programs with a global team of more than 500 scientists. He specializes in shaping new industry initiatives in science and technology related to product development and clinical translation, and he has been instrumental in driving important academia-industry collaborations throughout his career. Earlier in his career, Nadeem served as the general manager of Academic and External Scientific Affairs at GE Healthcare, and spearheaded GE’s research and development initiative in molecular imaging by building a Biosciences team at GE Global Research.

Nadeem received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has 20 issued patents and more than 20 invited and conference publications. Widely recognized as an industry leader in the Medical Imaging and Healthcare areas, Nadeem has served on the Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Review Committee of several external and governmental agencies and academic institutions. He has broad experience in technologies ranging from diagnostic imaging and physiological monitoring to life sciences, molecular diagnostics and molecular imaging agents.

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Danielle Merfeld, Ph.D.

Global Technology Director

Electrical Technologies & Systems

Danielle leads a global team of over 500 scientists and engineers, responsible for advanced technology development in the areas of semiconductor devices and packaging, electronics, power conversion.  Danielle’s team is organized into six... Danielle leads a global team of over 500 scientists and engineers, responsible for advanced technology development in the areas of semiconductor devices and packaging, electronics, power conversion.  Danielle’s team is organized into six Technology Organizations, which are distributed across GE’s four Global Research facilities.

Prior to her current role, Danielle was General Manager of Solar Technologies at GE Energy.  She initially joined GE Global Research in 1999 and led the Semiconductor Technology Laboratory, later serving as the Director of the Solar Technology Platform before transferring to her role 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.  She is a member of several technical associations (IEE, MRS, ECS, and SWE), and sits on the University of Notre Dame’s Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council.

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Terry K. Leib, Ph.D.

Global Technology Director

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Terry leads approximately 280 scientists and engineers specializing in materials innovations, fuel chemistry and systems, environmental performance of GE manufacturing operations and products, water technologies, advanced material character... Terry leads approximately 280 scientists and engineers specializing in materials innovations, fuel chemistry and systems, environmental performance of GE manufacturing operations and products, water technologies, advanced material characterization and chemical/biological monitoring. The team’s work can be found in composites in engines and wind blades, membranes in desalination systems, water purification equipment, batteries, solar cells, imaging agents, emission reduction systems and advanced MR diagnostic equipment.

Previously, Terry led the Material Analysis and Chemical Sciences Global Technology Organization and the broader Chemical Technologies and Materials Characterization Global Technology Organization. She also created and led the Combinatorial Chemistry Program, in which a multidisciplinary team of scientists invented automation equipment, reactors, software and processes needed for high throughput screening of new compositions such as polymers, catalysts and coatings that resulted in 50- to 100-fold acceleration in identification of critical catalyst and inorganic material compositions needed by GE businesses. Earlier in her career, she served as manager of the Environmental Technology Program and the Biotransformation Program.

Terry received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and cellular/molecular biology from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University.

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James R. Maughan, Ph.D.

Global Technology Director

Global Research-Americas

James supports all of GE’s industrial businesses by leading a global team of researchers in developing breakthrough technology in the areas of combustion, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and mechanical systems. Previously, he... James supports all of GE’s industrial businesses by leading a global team of researchers in developing breakthrough technology in the areas of combustion, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and mechanical systems. Previously, he served as general manager of product and warranty service for GE Wind Energy, general manager of controls and power electronics and global manager of energy-related research. Earlier in his career, he worked in aircraft-engine combustion and gas appliances. He led the introduction of low-emissions combustion systems into GE gas turbines at GE Energy and held leadership positions in Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine and Energy Services.

James, a second-generation GE employee, received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering.

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Christine M. Furstoss

Global Technology Director

Manufacturing & Materials Technologies

Christine is responsible for working with leadership and research and development teams across GE, and with strategic partners, to assess, set strategy for growth and implement critical process and material developments for industry-leading... Christine is responsible for working with leadership and research and development teams across GE, and with strategic partners, to assess, set strategy for growth and implement critical process and material developments for industry-leading products and manufacturing. In addition, Christine leads approximately 450 researchers across North America, Europe and Asia. She also has worked in numerous divisions of GE Power & Water.

Christine joined GE in 1989 in the Materials and Processes Engineering Department of GE Energy. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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William Ruh

Vice President, Global Software Center

Software Sciences & Analytics

William is responsible for setting and leading GE’s software services and solutions portfolio strategy, development and operations. His team develops software to power the Industrial Internet and put data to work to help GE customers make... William is responsible for setting and leading GE’s software services and solutions portfolio strategy, development and operations. His team develops software to power the Industrial Internet and put data to work to help GE customers make more sustainable and safe products. He has more than 25 years of industry experience in enterprise application integration and object oriented technology. Previously, William was vice president at Cisco, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Concept Five Technologies, Inc., and chief technology officer and senior vice president of Software AG, Inc. He also has held various management roles at The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation, IBM and AkroMetrix, LLC.

William is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on topics including emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, mobile computing, agile development, large scale distributed systems and machine-to-machine communications. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.

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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.

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Xiangli Chen, Ph.D.

General Manager

GE China Technology Center

Xiangli has led operations and cross-business research, development and sourcing for GE Global Research in China since 2007. His career at GE began in research and management at the GE Global Research Center headquarters in Niskayuna, New Y... Xiangli has led operations and cross-business research, development and sourcing for GE Global Research in China since 2007. His career at GE began in research and management at the GE Global Research Center headquarters in Niskayuna, New York, in 1994. This is Xiangli’s second time in his current role: In 2000, he was appointed the first general manager of the GE China Technology Center, before spending time as the general manager of Global Technology for GE Healthcare in China.

Xiangli is a graduate of the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds several patents and is a well-known expert in industrial laser applications.

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Carlos Härtel, Dr.-Ing.

Managing Director

GE Global Research Center–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 universi... 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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Kenneth G. Herd, Ph.D.

General Manager

Brazil Technology Center

Ken has been responsible for the start up and staffing of the new Brazil Technology Center since 2010, after spending several years as the global technology leader for Material Systems Technologies. When he joined GE in 1983, Ken worked on ... Ken has been responsible for the start up and staffing of the new Brazil Technology Center since 2010, after spending several years as the global technology leader for Material Systems Technologies. When he joined GE in 1983, Ken worked on the development of GE’s first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems for GE Healthcare. His career path expanded as he developed high-performance generators for GE Energy, superconducting materials and devices for the Electro-Mechanical Systems Lab and ultrasound, x-ray and infrared imaging systems as the manager of the Measurement Systems Lab. By 2001, he was serving as the global technology leader for Inspection & Manufacturing Technologies.

Ken earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds 46 U.S. patents and has published nearly 30 papers.

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Michael Ming

General Manager

Oil & Gas Technology Center

Michael is responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of GE’s first sector-specific global research center, where he manages a team of engineers and scientists dedicated to driving oil and gas innovation and technological advance... Michael is responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of GE’s first sector-specific global research center, where he manages a team of engineers and scientists dedicated to driving oil and gas innovation and technological advancements and accelerating the product development process. Michael previously served as the Oklahoma secretary of energy, and before that as president of the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America. He began his career at Chevron as a drilling and production engineer before progressing through executive positions at Bracken Energy Company, K. Stewart Petroleum Corporation and K. Stewart Energy Group. He was also appointed to the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission and served as a strategic advisor to the United States Department of Energy.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management from Stanford University.

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