See. Move. Create. The Future.

Making aircraft engines more efficient. Powering the world with flexible gas turbines. Crunching big data. Pioneering the Industrial Internet. Creating greener ground transportation. At Global Research, we work every day to see, move and create the future. This is all about positioning GE for the long-term, making the world a better place and partnering with our business teams serving our customers.

In partnership with the GE businesses, we deliver outcomes by mapping science to customer value, accelerating differentiated, cost-effective technology into our products and exploring the edge of technical feasibility. These advancements will lead GE, our customers and industries into the future.


A Lab Built by Innovation Giants

Inspired by Thomas Edison and led by GE’s early chief consulting engineer, Charles Steinmetz, GE’s Research Laboratory was created to maintain the company’s market edge and to foster new discoveries and commercial applications.

From its humble beginnings in a carriage barn, the Lab’s first Research Director, a young professor from MIT named Willis Whitney, and early research pioneers William Coolidge and Irving Langmuir, drove groundbreaking advancements in electricity and healthcare that fulfilled the Lab’s original mission. On the shoulders of these innovation giants, the young lab continued to feed new innovations and new products into the marketplace, growing the company and research operation.

Throughout our history, GE scientists and engineers have distinguished themselves, amassing tens of thousands of patents, two Nobel prizes in chemistry and physics, and a list of inventions that have defined and redefined generation after generation.