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Before joining GE I volunteered to teach a short course on superconducting materials at the Linyi University in Shandong province China, as part of a joint summer school programme between their university and the mathematics department at Cambridge. I then did a brief internship in Shanghai for a small Green technology company specializing in the redistribution of energy efficient LEDs. Finally, I spent 6 months working with a software development team for Polaris FT in Chennai, India.

My background in academia and my prior work experience helped me a great deal, as most of our work covers a wide range of applications including: engineering, computer science, and mathematics. Just as important, are the soft skills needed to work within a diverse company atmosphere, and I believe that my internships abroad thoroughly prepared me for this.

Working at GE has allowed me to apply the best of my analytic knowledge. The research team here encourages creativity when facing challenging problems, as challenging problems do often require creative thinking. This can only be possible in a company that has a strong heritage in science and innovation. Such is the calibre of research and development within GE Oil & Gas. Since joining GE, I have become increasingly confident that a role still exists for the physicist in the world of technology, and that my skills are more relevant to science than investment banking!

I have been very pleased and thoroughly satisfied with the level of support we receive in GE. We have a very supportive HR department and leaders. They help identify suitable courses that will improve your career and exposure within the company. This is very important for employees (such as me) who are new to a company as large as GE. It reminds you that the role you play, however small it may be, has meaning in the broader company picture.

About the Author

Years at GE: 1.5

Expertise: Numerical Algorithms, Experimentation, Data Analysis, Procedural Programming Languages

Job Description

I work as part of a team of six physicists in a larger group of software, electrical and mechanical engineers, who form the think-tank of this research division. I design data analysis algorithms for use in the Subsea Oil & Gas industry. In particular, our main project involves non-invasive fault detection in flexible risers using electromagnetism. The challenge is to isolate very weak signals in ferromagnetic pipes that are under immense pressure and tension by means of eddy current inspection. We are currently developing a model to accurately detect these signals in offshore applications, where, potentially, the signals can be weaker. In addition to that, I also help speed up existing data analysis processes within the research team in order to increase the turn-around of our deployments. I am particularly interested in pattern matching and data recognition within vast amounts of data using a wide range of techniques found in statistics, Fourier analysis and machine learning.

Interests

My hobbies include indoor and outdoor rock climbing, chess, tennis, golf, travelling and trying to learn the butterfly stroke!