Keys to Successful Project Leadership

Friday, April 19, 2019, at 11 am (EST)


In this webinar we will explore and discuss Keys to Successful Project Leadership. It will focus on stakeholder analysis, project planning, managing expectations, focusing on delivery, asking for help and the future of team collaboration. Project leadership requires the use of a diverse set of skills, to tactfully, aligning the team to focus on what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and who will complete the task. 


Provide experience-based keys to successful project leadership.


Patrick Willson

Manufacturing and Cost Technology Leader at GE Research

Structural Materials Laboratory, GE Research

Pat graduated from Alfred University with his undergraduate degree and completed his master’s degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Materials Science and Engineering.

Over the past 13 years, he has held roles in research, design, process and reliability.  He started his career working at the GE Global Research Center, as a member of the Edison Engineering and Development Program, working within the Ceramic and Metal Technologies organization.  During his four years at the Research center, he worked across multiple laboratories processing thin films and coatings for fuel cells, CO2 sensor, virus filtration, power generation, and aviation programs.    

He spent the next 6 years supporting the GE Energy Storage startup in Schenectady, NY.   As part of the start-up, he spent extended periods of time in the United Kingdom learning to make ceramic assemblies at the Beta Research and Development test facility.  His roles at the business included design, process, cost out, and reliability. 

In 2016 Pat rejoined the GE Global Research Center as a Senior Materials Scientist in the Additive Materials Laboratory. In this role he returned to the lab and focused on developing ceramic and metal additive manufacturing processes and materials.  

In 2017-18 led a research team supporting the scale up of GE’s Schenectady Cores and Castings facility.  Most recently he accepted a role as the Manufacturing and Cost Technology Leader supporting GE Aviation in pursuit of developing technologies for improved cost, delivery and process capability.  His experience working with multiple startups and focused technology development initiatives provided him the opportunity to deliver on projects from concept through implementation on the manufacturing floor.  

He enjoys going out to dinner and spending time with his wife, Ashley, and children Lillian and Patrick.  His hobbies include hunting, working on cars, and home improvement projects. 


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This webinar is brought to you by ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN) and ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN).