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Eric Ducharme is General Manager, New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineering Operations at GE Aviation, a $22B global leader in Aircraft Engines and Aviation Systems. He leads over $1B of product development for next-gen engines including the: LEAP, Passport, and GE9X. He also leads Flight Test Operations (two 747 flight test airplanes) and Development engine test engineering. Ducharme initially joined GE’s Aircraft Engine Business in 1987, where he led significant contributions in composite fan blade technology for large turbofan engines. He subsequently led engineering programs for the CFM56 and GE90 engines. He was General Manager of Commercial Engines Engineering (2005-’09) with Systems Engineering and overall technical responsibility for GE commercial aircraft engines from development, certification and in-service support. He also served as Vice President, Global Technology at GE Transportation (2009-‘14), a $6B business providing propulsion and power systems solutions for customers in the rail, mining vehicle, marine applications. He also led the development of the Evolution Series locomotive, the world’s most fuel efficient, reliable, and lowest-emissions heavy haul locomotive. Ducharme holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He is GE’s University Executive aligned with MIT and is active in the ASME Industry Advisory Board (past chair) and in NAE engineering education initiatives.