Future of Energy: Mark Little
November 6, 2006 – "Green is Green"
Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research
Mark M. Little was named senior vice president and director of GE Global Research in October 2005, becoming only the ninth director in the organization's 105 year history.
At Global Research, approximately 2,600 people from virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline focus on the company's long-range technology needs. The organization has research facilities in the United States, India, China and Germany, working in collaboration with GE businesses around the world.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Little was vice president of GE Energy's power-generation segment headquartered in Schenectady, New York. GE Energy is a world-leading supplier of power generation equipment including gas, steam, wind and hydro-turbine generators, turnkey power plant services, gasification technologies and integrated gasification combined cycle.
Mr. Little joined GE in 1978, starting out in the company's Turbine business. After holding several management positions in engineering, he was named product general manager for generators in 1989. In 1991 he became general manager of business development for GE Energy , responsible for strategic planning and joint venture development. In 1992 he was appointed product general manager for gas turbines and in 1994 he was named vice president of Power Generation Engineering. He assumed responsibility for the large turbine generator segments of power generation in 1997, and in 2004 he was appointed to lead the combined thermal, wind and hydro power generation group.
Mr. Little holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts and Northeastern universities respectively, and he earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.