GE Renewable Energy

Danielle Merfeld

2021 Jury 2021 Jury | Engineering & Technology

Danielle is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of GE Renewable Energy.  In this role, she leads technical efforts to develop differentiated products and services across the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry, including onshore wind, offshore wind, grid solutions, hybrid energy systems, batteries, and hydropower. She also champions sustainability efforts across the business, leading a team focused on achieving carbon neutrality. Additionally, Danielle serves as co-leader of the GE Women’s Network, a global organization focused on empowering, energizing and elevating women to ensure equity across GE. In 2021, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Prior to her role at GE Renewable Energy, Danielle was the Vice President & General Manager at GE Global Research where she advanced disruptive technology platforms across the industrial sector. As a thought leader in the industry, Danielle has delivered remarks at conferences and symposiums on digital platforms, advanced controls, the energy transformation, the future of renewable energy, grid challenges and solutions, advances in semiconductor devices, and microsystems.

Danielle received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has authored or co-authored over 70 papers in refereed technical journals and has given presentations at conferences and symposiums around the world.  Danielle is a member of several technical associations and on the Board of Trustees at the University of Notre Dame.  She serves on the boards of Texas A&M University’s Smart Grid Center, focused on modernizing the electrical grid; and Advanced Energy Economy, an organization of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable.  Danielle is also an Ambassador to the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative representing the United States.

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