Steven J. Duclos
General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY
Dr. Duclos manages GE’s Material Sustainability Initiative. This initiative addresses GE’s risks in the availability and sustainability of the company’s raw material supply, including the development of a broad-based element-by-element assessment of the company’s material risks. This quantitative assessment is based on the National Research Council’s Critical Minerals Assessment, modified to be relevant to a manufacturing company to develop research priorities at the material, manufacturing, and system levels. These projects address broad base solutions to material sustainability issues and support recycling, reduced use, and substitution of lower-risk materials. Steve has testified to both U.S. Senate and House Committees as to the impact of materials constraints on U.S. manufacturing capability, and actions that industry can take to mitigate such risks. From 2000 to 2008 Steve managed the Optical Materials Laboratory at GE GRC. The laboratory is responsible for development of advanced materials for a broad spectrum of GE businesses, including its Lighting and Healthcare businesses. From 1994 to 2004 Steve served on the Executive Committee of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society. Steve holds 34 U.S. Patents and has published 30 technical papers. He received his B.S. degree in Physics in 1984 from Washington University in St. Louis, M.S. degree in Physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1987, and Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell in 1990.