Kristen leads a team of ceramists & metallurgists delivering key high temperature materials technology for industrial gas turbines, including critical new alloys, ceramics, coatings for the LEAP & GE9X Aviation engines, repair technologies for legacy engines, and new investment casting technologies for the GE Power HA gas turbine.
Prior to this role, Kristen developed understanding of processing - microstructure-properties-performance relationships in thermal spray ceramic coatings – in particular, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrolytes, thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), and environmental barrier coatings (EBCs). She also developed & led critical CMAS mitigation strategies for TBC programs and has experience developing harsh environment for NOx and CO solid state sensors.
Kristen has been recognized for her service to the American Ceramic Society and work in ceramics with The American Ceramic Society Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award, The American Ceramic Society Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award in 2014, and is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. In addition, General Electric recognized her with the Whitney Award (GE’s highest R&D team award for technical achievement) in 2014. More recently, Kristen was recognized with the GE Women in Technology award in 2017 for her work and inventions on making thermal barrier coatings more dust tolerant.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Just for fun
I was really excited to co-chair the Materials Research Society Fall 2018 meeting (F18MRS), which took place from November 25 to November 30, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. #f18MRS. This meeting is the world's foremost international scientific gathering for materials science research, and is coordinated by over 200 scientists from both academia and industry from countries all around the world, and had over 6500 attendees.