Can industry be sustainable? Mark Elborne, CEO of GE UK and Ireland

Mark Elborne, CEO of GE UK and Ireland

Mark Elborne, CEO of GE UK and Ireland presents a Digital Industrial Solution at Aston University

Aston University was delighted to welcome high-tech industrial leader GE to campus recently.  Mark Elborne, CEO, UK & Ireland GE and his team visited Aston on 1st November for a day of lectures and visits. Aston is currently one of only 4 GE Executive Schools in the UK and works with George Dickey, UK Engineering Leader for GE, on engagement and training events for students such as networking, professional development, and workshops, as well as working with Aston on collaborative research.

The visit began with a lecture to the students, which formed part of Aston’s unique Carbon Journey week.  Mark Elborne said “if you understand the physical world better than anyone, it means you are best placed to conquer the digital world as well.” This is the idea that is taking GE’s Ecomagination, a strategy that focusses on innovation to address climate change whilst also improving profits, to another level. He explains that by merging digital industrial software, such as Predix, and strategies, like Ecomagination, GE is helping build a more efficient and ultimately more sustainable future in the UK. This lecture was then followed by a GE HR session to support students thinking about GE for their placement year.

The GE group then visited the Biomedical Engineering labs, Aston Medical School and Photonics before meeting up with Aston’s Vice Chancellor Prof Alec Cameron, and other members on the University’s senior management team, as well as previous GE interns, Sonia Begum and Joseph Baker, who had the opportunity to feedback to GE on their placement experiences.

Lunch was followed by another Carbon Journey lecture, introduced by Prof Keith Clarke and delivered by Robert Plana, Chief Technology Officer at GE’s Digital Foundry, who presented on the Industrial Internet of Things and GE’s Minds + Machines. Robert talked through how GE’s industrial cloud-based platform, Predix, is connecting people with industrial machines and allowing for the development of creative apps that expand services and optimise processes using data and analytics.

The visit was also a great opportunity to meet Tracey McKinlay, Employee Relations Leader UK & Ireland, GE Healthcare, and Charlotte Platts, HR Leader, Early Talent.

Prof Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University said:
“As one of the leading universities for business and the professions, I was delighted to welcome Mark and his team to Aston and look forward to developing the relationship further over the coming years.”

Mark Elborne said:

“GE really values its relationship with Aston. The visit provided us with an opportunity to meet students, explore the University and meet the Vice Chancellor to develop a long-lasting relationship with Aston.”