A Word from the President - History

Printer-friendly versionSend to friend

Warsaw, June 6, 2013  - Léopold Demiddeleer hands over the Presidency of EIRMA to Carlos Härtel

EIRMA has a new President!

                                  Hand over

                                    Warsaw, June 6, 2013  

A Word from the President

More than 45 years ago, EIRMA was founded as a platform for Europe-based corporations engaged in industrial R&D. Its mission was straightforward: improve the state of affairs in management of research and innovation, in order to ensure our companies stay strong and competitive. The way EIRMA has delivered on its mission is unique. At the core, it’s about building networks of senior professionals across industries. It fosters personal exchange between R&D managers, and it creates opportunities for mutual learning. And it facilitates sharing of best practices across a wide range of topics.
EIRMA’s mission is as relevant today as it was in the 60’s when the organization was created. The challenges have changed, but they have not become any smaller. In most European countries, austerity and slow growth have become the new normal. And while competition is tightening, budgets for research and innovation are harder to secure today. Going forward, many of us will be challenged to do more with less in R&D. Improving productivity, however, is a lot more than just managing cost. It means getting better at picking the most impactful ideas; aligning all business functions to turn innovative ideas into products and services; or learning to engage with 3rd parties to gain speed and flexibility. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and EIRMA is committed to support its member companies every step along the way.
Sincerely yours,

Carlos Härtel, Managing Director Europe of GE Global Research Europe and incoming President of EIRMA, talks about the challenge of globalised innovation on-line:

Click here to see the video

Dr.-Ing. Carlos J. Härtel's Biography


Carlos J. Härtel

EIRMA President, Managing Director Europe, GE Global Research Europe

Carlos Härtel has been Managing Director of GE’s European Research Center since 2007, having served as manager of the laboratory for renewable energy at the center since its foundation in 2003. In his position, he oversees the research and development activities of about 200 scientists and engineers working on a variety of topics ranging from medical imaging and micro-mechanical systems to turbomachinery, power conversion, engine technologies and manufacturing systems. In addition, the center hosts about 40 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and has close collaborations with institutes of the Technical University of Munich on the Garching campus.

Prior to joining GE, Carlos Härtel held positions as scientist and manager in the development of gas turbines at Alstom (Schweiz) AG.

He studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen and at the Technical University of Munich.

He received a doctorate from the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center), Göttingen, and spent several years in research at ETH Zurich, where he qualified as a university lecturer in 1999.

His scientific work concentrated on computational and experimental fluid mechanics with a focus on turbulent multi-phase flows and flows in turbomachinery applications.

Carlos Härtel owns a number of patents and has published over fifty scientific papers.




Syndicate content

Share best practices of industrial R&D and innovation and enjoy the experience of networking with your peers across different industrial sectors all over Europe!