Technology Director, Thermosciences
General Electric Global Research Center
Robert Zacharias is currently the Director for Thermosciences, at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. In his present role, Mr. Zacharias oversees the development and application in the engineering disciplines of Aerodynamics, Component Heat Transfer, Thermal Systems, Combustion, and Computational Fluid Dynamics. These technology disciplines and applications are broadly applied to the product lines at GE Aviation, GE Power, GE Renewables, Baker Hughes GE, GE Transportation, and other GE businesses. The focus of his team is to invent and develop new state-of-the-art technical concepts that are used to provide market competitive advantage in terms of improved product performance, operability, reliability, life, emissions, acoustics, cost and profitability. Mr. Zacharias joined GE in 2000. From 2000 to 2015 he worked at GE Power, where his responsibilities included CFD development and applications, high performance computing, compressor aerodynamics, and later the engineering design systems across the GE businesses as an executive in the Engineering Tools Center of Excellence. Since 2015 at GRC, he has been responsible for Aerodynamics, then Component Heat Transfer and Thermal Systems, and finally Combustion and CFD. Prior to 2000 he worked at Pratt & Whitney where his responsibilities spanned CFD development, high performance computing, compressor aerodynamics, and engineering design systems. Robert received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from University of Rochester. He is the author of more than 20 technical papers, was a recipient of the IGTI Best Paper Award, and received the 2005 GE Edison Award for technology innovation.