Michael Idelchik '76 ALP, '78

Michael Idelchik

Michael Idelchik is vice president of Advanced Technologies for GE Global Research, the centralized research and development organization of GE. At Global Research, approximately 2,650 scientists, engineers and technicians from virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline concentrate their efforts on the company's long-term technology needs. The organization has research facilities in the United States, India, China, Germany, Brazil and Israel, working in collaboration with GE businesses around the world.

In his role as vice president of Advanced Technologies, Michael oversees the company’s longest range, highest impact research endeavors. With major programs in materials, additive manufacturing, propulsion, oil & gas, renewable energy systems, power electronics, and cell therapies and molecular imaging, these technologies are pushing the limits of every GE business from aviation and power & water to oil and gas, transportation, and health care.

Throughout his 35+ year career with GE, Michael’s central focus has been strategically positioning technology as a growth engine for GE’s businesses. Prior to his current role, Michael founded and built GE’s first integrated technology global research center in China in 2002, which today is a major component of GE’s In Country for Country growth strategy.

Prior to joining GE’s Global Research network, Michael spent more than 20 years as an engineer and engineering leader working in various GE business settings. He first joined GE as an engineer at Aircraft Engines in 1978, where he progressed through a number of engineering leadership positions. In 1991, Michael received Aircraft Engines 'Engineer of the Year' award.

In 1994, Michael joined GE Healthcare as a Global X-ray Tube Engineering Manager. He went on to become General Manager Global Components Engineering at GE Healthcare, where he led the successful introduction of a LightSpeed Detector for the world's first multi slice CT scanner and delivery of the first 41 cm digital X-ray Detectors for clinical evaluations.

Michael was named GE Vice President and General Manager of Global Technology for GE Lighting in 1999. There he led the revitalization of the Lighting portfolio, with a focus on closely aligning the business with emerging technology trends such as LEDs, electronics controls and ceramic high intensity discharge.

In January 2006, GE President and CEO Jeff Immelt presented Michael the Chairman’s Award for Technology Leadership in recognition of a lifetime achievement in driving innovation and growth for the future.

Michael received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael holds US 16 patents.

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