The researchers, engineers, and technologists at GRC who help see, move, and create the future come from varying backgrounds with varying experiences. While no two paths are the same, there is one common thread – a love for science. Why Science? explores where our employees’ paths began – when and how their love for science was born. For some it may have been a favorite teacher or a gifted science kit; for others science may run in the family. The stories told will be fun, insightful, and may even inspire the next generation of scientists!
This Why Science? features Janith Samarasinghe, a lead engineer in our combustion lab. Janith earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. He completed two internships at GE Research before officially joining the Thermosciences organization in 2017.
Using acoustic measurement techniques, high-speed imaging, and emissions sampling methods in high-pressure, high-temperature test rigs, Janith and the rest of the combustion team obtain valuable data at engine-relevant conditions. This data enables GE’s Gas Power and Aviation businesses to be on the forefront of designing and building safer, more reliable, and more efficient, gas turbine engines.
Hey Janith… Why Science?
“From a young age, I’ve been fascinated with nature, learning about how things work, and solving puzzles. As a result, I was drawn to careers related to science and engineering (I wanted to be everything from an astronaut to a conservation biologist) and I remember spending hours with Lego and Meccano sets. My parents encouraged my passion and instilled in me a sense of intellectual curiosity by always pointing me to resources where I could find out more about a question I had rather than giving me a short answer. Between that and my uncle (who was an engineer at Sri Lankan Airlines) getting me interested in engines and aircraft, it seems like I was almost destined to have a career doing research and development of gas turbines.”