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Richard Zhang
Position: Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor
Office: 900 North Glebe Road, Rm. 4-014; Arlington, VA
Richard Zhang is the former Chief Technology Officer of GE Grid Integration Solutions. Richard earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in 1998. From 1998-2008, he was with GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, leading power electronics research serving all GE industrial businesses, including GE Renewable Energy, Healthcare, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Power, Transportation, Lighting and Industrial Systems. Subsequently, during 2008-2016, he held several executive technology and business leadership positions at GE Oil & Gas and GE Power Conversion based in Paris, France, and Shanghai, China. In 2017, he joined GE’s Grid Integration Solutions business based in the UK as the CTO. Over the years, Richard has led wins of several large government research programs such as with DARPA and DOE, created major business research initiatives, and defined and led large business R&D portfolio. Richard is a Fellow of IEEE for his technical leadership in the development of high-power electronics.

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