Director’s Special Colloquium: ‘Industrial Research in Era of Globalization (a GE perspective)’
Chief Scientist James W. Bray will present “Industrial Research in Era of Globalization (a GE perspective)” at a Director’s Special Colloquium Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bldg. 402 APS Auditorium. All employees whose schedules permit are invited to attend.
Bray will speak on technologies currently receiving emphasis at GE Global Research. At the largest industrial conglomerate, these technologies include materials, manufacturing processes, healthcare technologies, large rotating machines (jet engines, turbines, motors/generators), locomotives, oil and gas technologies, water, power electronics, electrical systems, energy storage, renewable energy, lighting and digitization within the IoT (internet of things). He will indicate trends in these areas and will also show how research has globalized at GE over the years.
Continuous shuttle service will be provided beginning at 9:45 a.m. with first stop at 212, then 202, 240, 203, 200, 205 and 362. Return trips will follow the talk.
James Bray is a chief scientist within Electrical Technologies and Systems at General Electric Global Research. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois, Bray began his career at GE Global Research. He has worked as a theoretical condensed matter physicist in support of several programs and has held several technical management positions supervising R&D on various physical science topics, biotechnology, electronic materials processing (e.g., molecular beam epitaxy, chemical vapor deposition), electronic devices, electronic packaging and high-temperature superconductivity. In 1996, he began work in the new GE Six-Sigma quality thrust and eventually acted as manager of the Measurements Systems Program, containing the bulk of the Non-Destructive Evaluation projects. In 1998, he became manager of the new Optical Measurements and Processing Lab, focused on applied optics projects of many types. In 2001, he became program manager of the Superconducting Generator Program.