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

GE Global Research

As senior vice president and chief technology officer for GE, Vic is responsible for one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations. Vic leads GE’s 50,000 engineers and scientists and G... As senior vice president and chief technology officer for GE, Vic is responsible for one of the world's largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations.

Vic leads GE’s 50,000 engineers and scientists and GE Global Research, where 3,700 people from virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline focus on the company's long-range technology needs.

Vic began his GE career in 1990 and rose through the ranks of GE Power & Water, eventually leading steam turbine technology. In 2005, Vic was named president & CEO of GE’s Renewable Energy business, one of the world’s leading suppliers of renewable energy technology. Immediately prior to joining Global Research in 2015, Abate served as the president and CEO of Power Generation where he oversaw operations of GE’s Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine, Generator and Controls businesses. Vic worked for Allied Signal and Zurn Industries prior to joining GE and was responsible for mechanical drive technology and new product development.

Vic holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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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 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.She is also vice president of the Niskayuna Technology Center.

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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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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