The plenary sessions are available to all Turbo Expo virtual conference attendees. The plenary sessions will be held from 8:00 – 9:00 am Eastern Time. ASME IGTI awardees will be recognized following each plenary session from 9:00 – 9:30 am Eastern Time. Register to attend these highly informative plenary sessions and support your peers as they are awarded for their industry contributions!
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
8:00 – 9:00 am Eastern Time
Opening Up the Design Space to Allow Efficient Gas Turbines Using Carbon Neutral Fuels
Power Systems Mfg., LLC
Biography: Jeff is Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Power Systems Mfg., LLC or PSM, a leading independent multi-OEM gas turbine service solution provider for the global power generation industry.
In current role, Jeff is responsible for product management and marketing, along with strategy and business development. Jeff has been in the power industry since 1986, starting his career with GE where he held positions of increasing technical responsibility and organizational leadership across their Aviation and Gas Turbine power businesses before joining PSM in 2001.
Jeffrey, a holder of 4 patents and numerous industry peer-reviewed technical papers, received his BSc. In Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and MSc. In Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
European Turbine Network
Biography: Prior to the foundation of ETN in 2005, Christer Björkqvist was the General Manager of the association of European Manufacturers of Gas Turbines for a period of 5 years. In his current position he has successfully coordinated several research projects and established a platform for technology advancement, knowledge sharing and development of best practises and standards.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
8:00 – 9:00 am Eastern Time
Opening up the Design Space Through Computations and Machine Learning
Dr. Gregory M. Laskowski, Ph.D.
Biography: Dr. Gregory Laskowski is Director of Fluid Dynamics at Dassault Systèmes responsible for supporting the development and deployment of Navier-Stokes and Lattice-Boltzmann CFD solutions. Dr. Laskowski joined Dassault Systèmes in 2018 after having spent nearly 14 years at General Electric, first at GE Global Research and then at GE Aviation, assuming increasing levels of responsibility culminating in a Consulting Engineer position from the Chief Engineers Office. During that time, he supported the development of advanced CFD tools and methods for aircraft engine and power generation product development.
His primary research interest is in turbulence simulation and modeling and has been awarded several INCITE and ALCC supercomputing grants from US DoE. Dr. Laskowski is an inventor on 22 patents or pending patents and an author on over 85 papers in these respective industries. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from University of Cincinnati, a Research Masters in Aeronautics and Aerospace from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore CA prior to entering industry. Dr. Laskowski is a fellow of ASME and a member of AIAA.
Dr. James D. Heidmann
Biography: Dr. James (Jim) Heidmann currently serves as Manager of NASA’s Advanced Air Transport Technology Project. In this capacity, he leads NASA’s technology development for subsonic transport aircraft. Prior to this role, he served as Acting Deputy Director of NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicles Program, managed NASA’s Transformational Tools & Technologies Project, and also served as Chief of the Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer Branch. In addition to these management roles, Dr. Heidmann spent 20 years as an Aerospace Research Engineer, publishing over 20 papers and journal articles in the area of turbomachinery aerodynamics and heat transfer. He was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2007, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2015, and received the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer (OME) Award from Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering in 2017. Dr. Heidmann received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1986, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988, and Doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1997.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
8:00 – 9:00 am Eastern Time
Engineering in 2030 – How Must Our Educational Programs Change to Better Equip the Needed Workforce
Jacqueline O’Connor, Ph.D.
Biography: Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of the Penn State Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach. Her laboratory, the Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory, focuses on unsteady combustion phenomena in power and propulsion technologies, including power generation gas turbines, aircraft engines, and diesel engines, using high-speed laser diagnostics. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California in the Engine Combustion Department. She received a BS from MIT in Aeronautics in 2006, and a MS and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2009 and 2012. She is the recipient of the 2016 Irvin Glassman Young Investigator Award from the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute and the 2018 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career award from the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute. She is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.