MSE Seminar - Dr. Kristen H. Brosnan - GE Global Research
Dr. Kristen H. BrosnanManager, Ceramics LaboratoryGeneral Electric Global ResearchMonday, November 21, 2016GTMI/Callaway Auditorium
Ceramic and Metallurgy Technologies at GE Global Research: Working on Things that MatterIn this seminar, I will give an overview of GE Global Research’s history of innovation, technical breadth, and organization. I will cover our role in innovation and transition to a GE product with specific technology transition examples from the Ceramic & Metallurgy organization, including Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) for GE Aviation’s LEAP and GE9X gas turbines – the first implementation of ceramic components in the hot gas path of commercial aircraft engines, and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) for our internal start-up, GE Fuel Cells.
Dr. Kristen H. Brosnan is the Manager of the Ceramics Laboratory at General Electric Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. She received her M.S. and Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, in 2002 and 2007, respectively, at The Pennsylvania State University.
Kristen has been with GE for nine years, starting as a materials scientist at GRC studying microstructure-properties-performance relationships in ceramic thermal spray coatings. Her team is delivering key ceramic technology for GE Power and GE Aviation gas turbines, including ceramic matrix composites for LEAP and GE9X Aviation engines, as well as solid oxide fuel cell technology for GE Fuel Cells. At General Electric, Kristen is also a featured science blogger for the GE Global Research external website http://geglobalresearch.com and co-leader of the GE Women’s Network-NY Capital District Hub, with over 1100 members. She has received numerous individual General Electric Global Recognition Awards for outstanding teamwork, technical excellence, expertise, volunteerism, external focus, and organizational citizenship. In 2013, her SOFC team won the General Electric Whitney Award for outstanding technical achievement.
In 2006, Kristen was a recipient of the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Diamond Award given by the American Ceramic Society. Kristen is the recipient of the 2014 American Ceramic Society Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award and the 2014 Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award. Kristen is past- president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), a past-president of the Ceramic Educational Council (CEC), has served on the Editorial Advisory Board Member for the ACerS Bulletin and helped launch the Young Professionals Network for the American Ceramic Society in 2010.