McFarland Seminar - Jeffrey Breznak - "After 32 years, 3 Companies, 26 Patents, 100s of Great People, there are experiences to share, but many more to add."

26 Hosler Building

"After 32 years, 3 Companies, 26 Patents, 100s of Great People, there are experiences to share, but many more to add.​" 

From humble beginnings to his current position managing the Materials & Process Engineering group for General Electric Power’s Legacy Steam Turbine and Generator businesses, there are a lot of lessons to be learned along the way.  This talk is intended to provide highlights of the presenter’s 32-year career targeting the next generation Material Science professionals.  A career takes many turns throughout time. Some of the outcomes are predictable while others are not.  Research and Development, Manufacturing, Vendor Quality, Customer Service and Managing a high performing group of professionals were all experienced by the presenter without any predetermined plan.  In the end, the knowledge gained early in his career is invaluable to solve current issues. Sometimes the worst of times such as work outages, angry customers, and staff reductions resulted in life lessons that can’t be learned in a book.  The presentation will provide details of the technology that resulted in his 26 United States Patents and 3 published papers.  The most impactful group of patents are the key to the General Electric’s liquid cooled generator stator bar business resulting in more than $1B of sales since 2005.  Relationships with customers, vendors as well as coworkers (Salary & Hourly) are essential for success.  Patented technology will be incorporated and discussed in limited detail due to the proprietary content.  Finally, some lighthearted suggestions on how to present a more favorable response to your professor, manager, or more importantly the customer.