Joel Kirk Executive Leader, Advanced Systems Design and Technology GE Aviation
AIAA Aviation Forum 2020
Joel Kirk leads the engineering systems team responsible for new engine development for emerging markets and products. He is responsible for leading technology maturation that differentiates future GE products and developing new architectures to meet evolving customer needs.
Prior to this role, Joel led research and technology development for GE Aviation products at GE Research. He was responsible for maturation of technologies and transition from research laboratory environment to the product development team, which he now leads.
Joel has worked 15 years in technology development and product design at GE Aviation. In that time, he led the product design of the high pressure turbine module for the LEAP and Passport engines, developed the technology roadmap and strategy for integration of additive manufacturing into the design process and owned module design on several commercial and military demonstrator engines.
Joel earned his MS and PhD from University of Notre Dame in Aerospace Engineering.