David Smith is a Senior Scientist at GE Research, based in Niskayuna, NY. He started this position in June 2010 after joining GE as a lead scientist in Sep 2002.
During that time he has developed novel materials, devices, and processes for a diverse range of technologies covering GE’s lighting, healthcare, aviation, energy, and renewables businesses. He has led project teams in the development of novel field-emission electron source and high-flux detector devices for advanced x-ray and computed tomography applications, as well as carbon nanotube-based advanced electrical conductors. In addition, he has developed electron and plasma sources for high-efficiency lighting and conduction-phase operation of high-voltage direct-current gas switches and optimized gas-phase kinetics to enable 10X scale-up of chemical vapour deposition for material processing with improved strength, reliability at elevated temperatures.
David graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a PhD in Physics. He had previously earned a BSc (Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics from the University of Strathclyde.
He lives in Clifton Park with his wife Maria and their daughter, Chloe.