Daniel P. Smith – Advisory Board Member

- Former Global Technology Development
- Former GE Global Research

BA Cornell University - Physics

Mr. Smith is recently retired from the position of Manager, Strategic Market Development for GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. In this position he was responsible for identifying and developing GE's business initiatives in advanced technology areas such as the future Hydrogen Economy. Prior to assuming this position he was Manager of the Energy Systems Laboratory at GE Research with the mission to develop advanced power generation and energy conversion technologies to maintain GE's position as the world's leading supplier of power generation technology, energy services and energy management systems. Recent projects in the Lab include hybrid fuel cell turbine systems, distributed energy generation systems including microturbines and reciprocating engines, combined heat and power systems, advanced sensor systems for energy and propulsion applications and remote monitoring and diagnostic technologies for turbines, locomotives, industrial systems and other applications.

Mr. Smith has held a variety of Management positions at GE Research in his 35 year career since joining GE 1969 including: 
- Manager - Service Programs integrating technology developments with the GE Service organizations and driving growth and productivity across all GE's equipment service businesses.

- Manager - Diagnostics and Heat Transfer Program which added a research team with projects in the areas of single and two-phase flow and heat transfer in high heat fluxes and high centrifugal fields, and heat transfer and aerodynamic behavior of highly cooled gas path parts in the presence of very high heat fluxes for turbine applications. - Manager- Diagnostics Program for development of automated diagnostic and remote monitoring systems for power generation turbines and generators, railway locomotives, medical diagnostic equipment and other major equipment categories. 

- Manager - Process Operations Program leading research and development projects in coal gasification systems, use of coal-derived fuels in combustion turbines, and development of automated techniques and systems for the testing and evaluation of mechanical and process equipment.

- Manager - Mechanical Conversion Unit where the main thrust of the work was the successful development of technology for a 3000F water-cooled gas turbine system.

Mr. Smith is the author of numerous technical papers and patents in the fields of turbine design, fuels effects on combustion turbines, and monitoring and diagnostics techniques for equipment and systems. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is the past Chair of the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Task Force for Distributed Power. He has maintained a long involvement with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer and leader and is currently on the Steering Committee for the Capital Region Energy Forum seeking to develop responses to the looming worldwide energy crisis.