Hari NS has many accomplishments of which he is proud. Over a span of 10 years, he’s contributed to the development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and the Sodium Battery, and he’s taken immense pride and satisfaction in both as the technologies attained product maturation. A materials scientist, he’s helped GE push the boundaries for materials innovation – challenges he relishes because they require understanding how materials will respond in newer, more exposed, environments; challenges that bring out the best in the technologists with whom he works.
Hari is proud of his personal learnings from working on large programs over multiple years: the opportunities he’s had to interact with and learn from multiple researchers on varying technologies, the lessons he’s learned about the patience and resilience it takes to pursue ideas in which he believes, and the awareness he’s gained about when to step back if the situation warrants. And he’s proud that, as he works with his current team of materials scientists and engineers on understanding the environmental durability of the materials that go into GE’s products and components, he’s been able to integrate his learnings to help nurture his team and gives shape to their ideas.
Unabashedly passionate about his work, Hari says that while the technology and materials on which he’s worked have varied, he’s enjoyed every moment of it. And that includes thinking about what’s yet to come as the physical world meets digital realm and as GE pushes the limits of the materials that are used in its products and services, so that future generations can realize an enterprising, affordable and sustainable living.
Outside of work, his passions are less material. He enjoys playing and watching sports, especially cricket. He loves watching wildlife documentaries and cheerfully confesses that “it is my ardent hope to someday spot a tiger in the wild.”