Dr. Eric Ducharme is General Manager, Advanced Technology Operation at GE Aviation, a global leader in Aircraft Engines and Aviation Systems with $25B annual revenues. He leads a global team of over 650 engineers focused on delivering differentiated technologies and product architectures for next generation commercial and military flight propulsion.
He joined GE’s Aircraft Engine Business in 1987, where he led significant contributions in the aeromechanical design of swept composite fan blades, resulting in their first successful commercial engine applications. He also led development programs for some of GE’s large turbofan engines, including the CFM56-7 and the GE90-115B. He subsequently led the Commercial Engines Engineering Department, with overall technical responsibility for GE’s commercial aircraft engines from development, certification, through in-service support.
Dr. Ducharme also served as Vice President, Global Technology at GE Transportation (2009 -‘14), a $6B business providing propulsion, power systems and signaling solutions for rail, mining & marine customers. There he led the development of the Evolution Series of locomotives, the world’s most fuel efficient, reliable, and lowest-emissions heavy haul locomotives.
He most recently led commercial engine new product development at GE Aviation, delivering on over $1B of product development for next-gen engines including the: LEAP-1A/-1B/-1C series of engines powering the A320neo / 737 MAX / COMAC C919 airplanes, and the Passport 20 engine powering the Bombardier Global 7000 airplane.
Dr Ducharme holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, and a Masters and Doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the NASA Aeronautics Advisory Committee, past chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board, and GE’s University Executive aligned with MIT.