Danielle W. Merfeld, Ph.D., VP and Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
Danielle will discuss the advances in technology that are pushing renewables to be more affordable and offer higher performance. After her talk, a reception hosted by ND Energy will be held to allow more time for personal questions and interactions with Danielle, while enjoying some light refreshments.
Danielle is the Chief Technology Officer of GE Renewable Energy, reporting to the CEO. In this role, she leads technical efforts to develop differentiated products and services across the broadest renewable energy portfolio in the industry, including on-shore wind, off-shore wind, solar PV, batteries, and hydro. Danielle is also currently the co-leader of the GE Women’s Network, a global organization focused on the recruiting, retention, development and promotion of talented women across GE.
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. She was also the first female to lead a GE Research Center site in the history of the company.
As a thought leader in the industry, Danielle has delivered remarks and participated on panels at conferences and symposiums on topics like digital platforms, advanced controls, the energy transformation, the future of renewable energy, grid challenges and solutions, and microsystems.
Danielle is a co-director of the GE Women’s Network, a global organization focused on the recruiting, retaining, developing and advancing talented women across the company. She was recognized by the New York Capital Region Chamber of Commerce with the “Women of Excellence Award” in 2016 and was named “Woman of the Year” by the Cleanie Awards in 2018.
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 also is on the board of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization of businesses working to make energy secure, clean, and affordable.