Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Annual Award of the Industrial Research Institute Medal

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

Annual Award of the Industrial Research Institute Medal

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To LEWIS S. EDELHEIT

For his leadership in demonstrating how to make a central R&D laboratory truly vital to its company by breaking down boundaries, launching new initiatives in areas such as quality and multi-generational product planning, increasing global reach, and leading successful technology

Lewis (Lonnie) S. Edelheit was GE's Senior Vice President for Corporate R&D from 1992 to 2001. His vision of an R&D laboratory, vital to its company, drove the combination of change and continuity that sustained and enhanced the GE R&D Center as one of the world's great engines of technological innovation as it completed its first century under his leadership. That vision became embodied in a wide range of innovations, from new digital X-ray systems that catapulted GE to leadership in an emerging billion dollar market; to a composite fan blade that is at the heart of the world's most powerful aircraft engine; to high-efficiency turbines for power generation; to advanced electronics-based lighting products and appliances; to weatherable plastics; to major Internet applications for GE Financial Services; and other business. Competitiveness in the 1990s meant being global, not merely national. …

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