About MRS

Kristen H. Brosnan, GE Global Research

Candidate for Board of Directors

Kristen BrosnanKristen Brosnan joined GE Global Research in 2007 and currently is the Technology Manager for the Metals & Ceramics team in the Structural Materials Division, with focus on delivering high temperature materials technology for industrial gas turbines, including critical new alloys, ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), coatings for the LEAP & GE9X Aviation engines, repair technologies for legacy engines, new processing of advanced alloys and ceramics by additive manufacturing, and new investment casting technology. Her recent interests include using AI to accelerate materials development and materials development for extreme environments, such as hypersonic applications.

Prior to her current role as Technology Manager, Brosnan worked on understanding of processing—microstructure-properties-performance relationships in thermal spray ceramic coatings—in particular, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrolytes, thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), and environmental barrier coatings (EBCs). Brosnan developed and led critical dust mitigation strategies for TBC programs, a technology critical for GE’s fielded commercial engines. In 2015, Brosnan became the Ceramics Laboratory Manager and was responsible for delivering investment casting core technology, thermal barrier coatings, and CMCs.

Brosnan was recognized with the GE Women in Technology award in 2017, a company-wide recognition for her work and inventions on making thermal barrier coatings more dust tolerant. Brosnan is the former co-leader of the 1,200 member NY Capital District Women’s Network and currently serves on the steering committee. She also was the Program Coordinator for the GE Research Cultivate program in 2017 and 2018, a program created to accelerate development for high potential women at GE.

Outside of GE, Brosnan recently co-chaired the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting and has served on the Industrial Engagement Committee (IEC) for MRS since 2018.  Brosnan is an External Advisory Board Member for the NC State NSF Data Enabled Science and Engineering of Atomic Structure.  Brosnan also serves as Vice Chair of the Basic Science Division, Chair of the Jeppson Award Committee, and on the Nominating Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). In her former elected role of Board Member on the Long Lake Board of Education in 2012, Brosnan advocated to the board the benefit of full-day pre-K which was adopted in 2013 and remains at the school today.

Brosnan received her BS degree in materials science and engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology with high honor, and MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Brosnan is a fellow of ACerS, and is a member of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), MRS and the Society of Women Engineers. Brosnan lives in Niskayuna, New York, with her husband, Steve, and her four children (Alex, Colden, Iris and Reed) and enjoys hiking, running, biking, music, taekwondo and reading.

Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristen-brosnan-8b02424/ and @kristenbrosnan.

Candidate's Statement

The Materials Research Society is the world’s premier materials society—in adopting and communicating new technology, scientific advocacy, and engaging our global community. To remain relevant in our fast-changing world, MRS should focus on three big areas.  First, we need to keep our meetings and publications strong. MRS should serve as the thought leaders in materials research trends and provide a forum for faster knowledge exchange by continuing to adopt quickly new trends into publications and meetings (AI, for example). Second, we need MRS to continue to serve as a catalyst to bring together industry, government and academia to tackle global issues, such as immigration and global warming.  MRS must continue to lead the way in scientific advocacy to government, including continued advocacy to rescind the January 2017 executive order that limits visa and immigration to the United States (which we are feeling the real impacts on these executive orders today); and advocating for increased funding to NIST, DOE and NSF in the FY2020 budget—not cuts.  As a global society, MRS should expand its scientific advocacy to foreign governments as well.

Finally, today’s students are tomorrow’s future volunteers at MRS and the future of tomorrow’s STEM workforce. For MRS to thrive in the future, we must engage even more with the students and provide more opportunities to engage with industry, to enable more on-ramps for those students to stay in the materials community. MRS should continue to further diversify the participants in the university chapters to include more undergraduate students, build a more global community, and prioritize even more opportunities for engagement of students with professionals at meetings and beyond. We should continue to be vigilant to keep all aspects of diversity in mind as we build and support our pipeline, as diversity is the key to innovation and technical excellence —the backbone of our society.