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GE Power employee, Belal Krad has unique insight into the real-life importance of having power, a necessity people take for granted most of the time. Born and raised in New Orleans, Belal and his family suffered through Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where they were evacuated to Baton Rouge and without power for two weeks. They would go to the Mall of Louisiana to get cooled off by the A/C during the day then return to a friend’s house without power at night. Belal also has extended family in Syria that he often visited before the war. At the time, in Syria blackouts were a daily occurrence. In fact, Belal and his family could plan on scheduled outages, typically during the afternoon hours between 1:00 and 4:00, when consumption was at its highest.

“That experience,” said Belal, “was a real eye-opener. Today I am proud to work for a company that designs great technology like we do. Just doing my small part and helping the world get more electricity is pretty exciting.” That is one of the reasons why Belal is happy to be a GE Champion.

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“My work is closely tied to my personal experiences. I know first-hand how critical power is to people’s day-to-day lives,” Belal explained. However, he also realizes that GE is about more than just providing electricity, he knows that GE producing a wide array of incredible technology outside of power. Belal enjoys learning about all aspects of GE which is why subscribes to GE’s 4 communication platforms. “When most people think of GE, they think: appliance, light bulbs or even A/C units, so I like to stay up-to-date on the really exciting things we’re doing at GE, in terms of technology. At the same time, there is a negative cloud out there right now, so I like to remind people of all the good things we’re doing and how much it matters to the quality of people’s lives.”

Belal graduated from the Edison Engineering Development program in 2016 after earning his Masters at Texas A&M and is now a Mechanical Component Engineer with the Aero Packaging Team in GE Power based in Houston, Texas. Belal enjoys passing on his knowledge about the company to up-and-coming engineering students. “When you talk to many students now, most don’t know the cycle that GE is going through right now; they don’t appreciate the big turnaround of the business,” said Belal. “I am speaking from my engineering-student perspective, because when I explain to students who we are as a company and what we’re doing in terms of technology, it really motivates them to want to be a part of GE.”

Proudly, Belal went on to say, “GE has always been well known, especially among engineering students, it’s the technical behemoth. I love being a GE Champion and staying on top of what we are doing as a company, because I know the technology and services we provide are really important. I want to motivate others to join our company, get involved and help us improve people’s lives even further.”

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