GE Vernova’s Vera Silva elected to two elite engineering academies in France and the U.S.

5 March 2024

Vera Silva, Chief Strategy & Technology Officer of GE Vernova’s Electrification Systems business, has been recognized by two elite engineering academies, one in France and one in the U.S. Vera was among 16 top scientists and industry leaders newly elected as a member of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) and among 21 international members elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Class of 2024 in the U.S. Both academies have recognized Vera’s contributions to science and technology, in particular the integration of new technologies to modernize electrical grids and decarbonize electrical energy.

“We are thrilled to congratulate Vera on this distinguished recognition by both academies,” said Philippe Piron, CEO of GE Vernova’s Electrification Systems business. “She is an outstanding leader dedicated to developing the most advanced technologies for the future of global electrification. As the Chief Strategy & Technology Officer for GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions and Electrification Systems businesses, her membership is an invaluable asset to the academies.”

According to NATF, it convenes more than 350 of France’s top scientists and industry senior leaders to analyze the political, ethical and societal implications of new technology and offer expert insights to policymakers. Members of the Academy are nominated and elected by their scientific peers. Vera is the first GE Vernova executive to be elected to the NATF and will be formally inducted at a ceremony on March 11 in Paris.

Election to the NAE is considered to be among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, with 2,310 U.S. members and 332 international members in total. Members are peer-elected and represent a select group of senior professionals in business, academia, and government who have distinguished themselves through technical accomplishments and leadership. According to the NAE, its members are influential in advising the development of federal laws and regulations, improving the effectiveness of government programs in the U.S., shaping the direction of research fields, and informing public knowledge and dialogue about issues of critical importance. Vera will be formally inducted during the NAE's annual meeting on September 29 in Washington DC.

“I am deeply honored to become a member of the NATF and the NAE, and am grateful for this recognition by my peers,” Vera said. “I look forward to sharing my expertise on the economics and operations of electricity systems and technologies with both academies to accelerate the global energy transition.”

Vera has been a leader in business technology strategy for GE Vernova for nearly six years. Her work across the multiple GE Vernova businesses, including Grid Solutions, Power Conversion, and Solar and Storage Solutions, and her leadership within the industry have been instrumental to GE Vernova’s work to accelerate global electrification. She will bring to the academies her experience with industrial strategy around solutions and equipment for electrification and the electrical networks of the future, informed by a broad vision of the energy industry and global energy transition.

About GE Vernova
GE Vernova is a planned, purpose-built global energy company that includes Power, Wind, and Electrification segments and is supported by its accelerator businesses of Advanced Research, Consulting Services, and Financial Services. Building on over 130 years of experience tackling the world’s challenges, GE Vernova is uniquely positioned to help lead the energy transition by continuing to electrify the world while simultaneously working to decarbonize it. GE Vernova helps customers power economies and deliver electricity that is vital to health, safety, security, and improved quality of life. GE Vernova is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., with more than 80,000 employees across 140+ countries around the world. GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business electrifies the world with advanced grid technologies and systems, enabling power transmission and distribution from the point of generation to point of consumption, and supporting a decarbonized and secured energy transition.

GE Vernova’s mission is embedded in its name – it retains its legacy, “GE,” as an enduring and hard-earned badge of quality and ingenuity. “Ver” / “verde” signal Earth’s verdant and lush ecosystems. “Nova,” from the Latin “novus,” nods to a new, innovative era of lower carbon energy. Supported by the Company Purpose, The Energy to Change the World, GE Vernova will help deliver a more affordable, reliable, sustainable, and secure energy future. Learn more: GE Vernova and LinkedIn.

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