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Jesper Toft Kristensen

Jesper Toft Kristensen


Ph.D. ’15
    Applied and Engineering Physics
    Minor: 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 web page!

I work as an 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 ~1000 Ph.D.’s working under GE’s R&D division. The company has an impressive annual revenue around $130B with a very diverse product portfolio.

I have a combined 9 years of research experience that I employ every day in the GE Global Research Center (GE GRC) to solve cutting edge research problems with some of the best research team members in the world.

Specifically, I work in the “Probabilistics Lab” managed by Dr. Liping Wang. This presentation gives a good idea of what kind of work I do. I started my full-time employment with the R&D section of GE in September 2015. The work is extremely exciting and challenging. Every day I work on improving, strengthening, and securing the position of the various GE businesses (GE Aviation, GE Oil & Gas, GE Power, e.g.) 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 having a more immediate impact on the profitability of businesses.

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 my minor advisor, Prof. Richard G. Hennig, is in the Materials Science department (he 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 moved to the US initially for my Master’s studies.

Physics Tutor

During my time at Cornell I spent ~6 hours a week tutoring students in undergraduate physics courses at Cornell. Tutoring gives me a great opportunity to help the 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 reach the point where they can solve the real/actual problem.

I strongly emphasize the development of intuition and the skill to remove complicated elements from the problem until you can grasp it---then you approach it from there. 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)