Kristen H. Brosnan is a Materials Scientist in the Ceramic Structures and Processing Laboratory at General Electric Global Research in Niskayuna, NY. She received her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.
Dr. Brosnan received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, in 2002 and 2007, respectively, under the advisement of Gary L. Messing, at The Pennsylvania State University.
Brosnan’s current interests include microstructure-properties-performance relationships in thermal spray ceramic coatings. She is primarily working on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), thermal barrier coating (TBC), and environmental barrier coating (EBC) programs. At General Electric, Dr. Brosnan is a featured science and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) blogger for the GE Global Research external website http://geglobalresearch.com and active in the GE Women’s Network (GEWN). She has received eight individual General Electric Global Recognition Awards for outstanding teamwork, technical excellence, expertise, volunteerism, external focus, and organizational citizenship. In 2013, her SOFC team won the General Electric Whitney Award for technical achievement.
Dr. Brosnan is the current president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), a past-president of the Ceramic Education Council (CEC), served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the ACerS Bulletin and helped launch the Young Professionals Network in 2010. In 2006, Dr. Brosnan was a recipient of the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Diamond Award. She is primarily affiliated with the Basic Science Division.