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Jesper Toft Kristensen

Jesper Toft Kristensen


Ph.D. ’15
    Applied and Engineering Physics
    Minor: Computational Materials Science

    Cornell University

M.S. ’14

    Applied and Engineering Physics

    Cornell University

M.Eng. (MEC Fellow) ’11

    Engineering Physics

    Cornell University

B.Sc. ’10

    Physics and Nanotechnology

    Technical University of Denmark

Visiting Scholar

University of Warwick ’15

    Researcher in the
     Zabaras CSE lab.

University of Florida ’14

   Researcher in the
Hennig group.

UC at Santa Barbara ’10

    Researcher in the
UCSB Pennathur Lab.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ’09
Exchange student in the
REACH program.

Welcome to my personal website

I work as a lead R&D engineer under the corporate division of the General Electric Company (GE) called “Global Research”  headquartered in Niskayuna, NY, USA. GE is a very large company with +300,000 employees world-wide. I am one of the ~600 Ph.D.’s working under GE’s R&D division.

I have a combined 10 years (3 years industrial) of research experience that I employ every day in the GE Global Research Center (GE GRC) to solve cutting edge research problems in  a world-class team.

Research specialty

I work in the “Probabilistics & Optimization” group managed by Dr. Liping Wang (see this presentation, e.g.). Technically, I work on, and teach, in a broad range of topics at GRC with emphasis on uncertainty quantification, uncertainty propagation, data science, how to employ Bayesian techniques, surrogate modeling, optimization (including Bayesian global optimization), Gaussian Processes, Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) techniques (including adaptive sequential MCMC - a parallel MCMC engine), artificial neural networks for both regression and classification, and more. I work on a wide variety of projects ranging from internal GE business such as GE Renewables, GE Aviation, GE Power, etc., to external projects where I, e.g., proudly help improving the technology of the US Air Force.

I started my full-time employment with the R&D section of GE in the early fall of 2015. The work is extremely exciting and challenging. Every day I work on improving, strengthening, and securing the position of GE’s businesses (GE Aviation, GE Renewables, GE Additive, GE Power, etc.) as strong influential industrial leaders.

I hold a Ph.D. from Cornell University from the Applied and Engineering Physics department (since May 2015) with a minor in Computational Materials Science. Following my graduation I worked briefly as a research assistant at Cornell before I decided to work much closer to real world products and clients.

My advisor, Prof. Nicholas J. Zabaras, was previously in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering (he moved to the University of Warwick, UK, as a director for the newly established center for predictive modeling and later became the Viola D. Hank professor of computational science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame), and my minor advisor, Prof. Richard G. Hennig, was in the Materials Science department and later moved to the Materials Science department at the University of Florida. My Ph.D. chair was Prof. Bruce Kusse in the Applied and Engineering Physics department.

I was born and raised in Denmark and I am a permanent resident of the US.

Physics Tutor

During my time at Cornell I spent about 6 hours per week tutoring students in undergraduate physics courses at Cornell. Tutoring provided a great opportunity to help students build intuition in physics. I find it fun to break down challenging problems to a point where I can level with the student and then, together, build back up to the point where the actual problem can be solved. Experiencing aha moments is always very rewarding. Surely, if you break a problem into small enough pieces you end up with the ability to solve it.

While at Cornell, I tutored directly for the Physics department supervised by Robert Lieberman (who is incidentally also a movie director) and also in the Office of Academic  Diversity Initiatives (OADI).



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Cornell’s 147th commencement (2015)

ASME conference (2016)