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About GE Global Research

See. Move. Create. The Future.

Making aircraft engines more efficient. Powering the world with flexible gas turbines. Crunching big data. Pioneering the Industrial Internet. Creating greener ground transportation. At Global Research, we work every day to see, move and create the future. This is all about positioning GE for the long term, making the world a better place and partnering with our business teams serving our customers.

In partnership with the GE businesses, we deliver outcomes by mapping science to customer value, accelerating differentiated, cost-effective technology into our products and exploring the edge of technical feasibility. These advancements will lead GE, our customers and industries into the future.

A Lab Built by Innovation Giants

Inspired by Thomas Edison and led by GE's early chief consulting engineer, Charles Steinmetz, GE's Research Laboratory was created to maintain the company's market edge and to foster new discoveries and commercial applications.

From its humble beginnings in a carriage barn, the Lab's first Research Director, a young professor from MIT named Willis Whitney, and early research pioneers William Coolidge and Irving Langmuir, drove groundbreaking advancements in electricity and healthcare that fulfilled the Lab's original mission. On the shoulders of these innovation giants, the young lab continued to feed new innovations and new products into the marketplace, growing the company and research operation.

Throughout our history, GE scientists and engineers have distinguished themselves, amassing tens of thousands of patents, two Nobel prizes in chemistry and physics, and a list of inventions that have defined and redefined after generations.


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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Visitors to GE Global Research can experience innovation and create relationships and partnerships at our research centers.

Making aircraft engines more efficient. Powering the world with flexible gas turbines. Crunching big data. Pioneering the Industrial Internet. Creating greener ground transportation. At Global Research, scientists, engineers and technicians work together to provide GE’s businesses and strategic partners with technical innovations for their future generation products, processes and services. 

The technical career path at GE Global Research guides scientists’ and engineers’ individual development. Its rich experiences and mentorship enable researchers to deliver novel solutions that have real impact for GE’s customers. Building a continuum of technology capability, the program begins with roles that focus on technologies and solutions for today, and expand to roles that develop technologies and strategies for tomorrow. Each role is characterized by increasing levels of proficiency in expertise, innovation, impact and interaction. Career growth is dependent upon the development of these competencies over time, leveraging education, experiences, training, mentoring and coaching. The technical career path provides a framework for engineers, scientists, managers, project leaders and business leaders to drive and support the career development of each employee, which is critical to the present and future success of GE Global Research.

If you are ready to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life technical problems and develop your skills in a cutting-edge global environment, GE Global Research offers outstanding opportunities:

Fellowships: GE Global Research is proud to announce the launch of our Fellowship Program beginning summer 2017. Fellowships at the Global Research Center (GRC) offer graduate students prestigious opportunities for experiential learning and hands-on research in an overall effort to accelerate professional development in tandem with academic achievements.

The mission of the GRC Fellowship Program is to cultivate talent currently enrolled at top tier universities working on research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.  Selected individuals will be mentored by our technologists currently working to invent better ways to build, connect, cure, move and power the world and will work on things that matter.

Qualifying degree programs include Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and all positions will require onsite attendance in Niskayuna, NY at the US GRC Headquarters. The Fellowship Program will culminate in a Technology Forum designed for students to present and showcase their work.  Please review and apply for our current fellowship openings here.

Leadership Programs: We maintain strong ties to institutions of higher education around the world and welcome the curiosity and passion students bring to GE’s research operations. Through the Edison Engineering Development Program for recent graduates, we incorporate new scientists into our work in ways that encourage collaboration and real-life contributions to science and technology. Are you interested in one of our leadership programs?


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