Speakers' Profile
Day 1 - Wednesday, 8th December 2010
Business Opportunities in Nanotechnology:
Dr. Mano Manoharan
General Manager, Global Research John F. Welch
Technology Centre; GE Global Research
Profile: Mano Manoharan is the General Manager of GE Global Research at the John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC), Bangalore. JFWTC is GE’s largest integrated, multidisciplinary Research and Development Center. The state-of-the-art facility is GE's hub for technology, research and innovation. More than 4,000 scientists, researchers and engineers work on GE's global technology initiatives at JFWTC and help create game-changing technologies and innovations to ensure GE's growth and leadership.

Prior to this role, Mano was the Manager of the Coatings and Surface Technologies Laboratory, at GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY. For several years Mano led the Nanoceramics program at GE Global Research, which is aimed at developing the next-generation of structural and functional ceramics by exploiting the unique properties of these materials at the nanoscale. He was also the program manager on several multi-million dollar programs in nanoceramics funded by the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and NIST aimed at better lighting products, ceramic armor components, sensors and turbines.

In all the leadership positions that he has held over the years, Mano has been involved in transitioning research from the laboratory to the market place. In particular, he has focused on strategies that enable high risk, high payoff research activities such as nanotechnology to make this transition. He has been an invited speaker on this topic in several conferences.

Mano’s work has been widely recognized and cited. In 2008, Mano was chosen for the Armstrong Endowment Gliberth Lectureship award by the US National Academy of Engineering for his outstanding contributions in the field of nanoscale materials.

Mano received a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, all in metallurgical engineering. He has over 50 publications in refereed journals, 10 granted and 20 filed patents and over 50 conference presentations. Mano worked in both industry and academia prior to joining GE.