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Gary Leonard

Gary Leonard

General Manager, Distributed Power Gas Turbines (retired in Feb 2016) - GE, Principal Consultant - Falconhead Consulting

Gary currently provides advice to investment funds and venture capitalists to assist in their efforts to assess technology related investment opportunities. Prior to his role as an advisor, Gary spent 34 years with GE in various Power, Aviation and Corporate Research leadership roles.  

Most recently Gary led GE's Distributed Power Gas Turbine Business, a $3B/yr product business providing the world's best 20 to 120MW packaged gas turbines for the power generation and oil & gas industries. The scope of this role entailed everything from product development through installation and commissioning of new power plants.

During Gary’s tenure with Stanford University’s GCEP program, he led a team of 400 engineers focused on developing GE's next generation of aircraft engines, gas turbines, diesel engines, wind turbines, and solar/geothermal thermal products. In addition, his team developed and used advanced tools in the CFD, Heat Transfer, Combustion, Mechanics and Data Analytics areas.

Gary received his MS and PhD, both in Mechanical Engineering, from Stanford University. He and his family currently live in Austin, Texas.