Congratulations to Dr. Sanjay Correa, recipient of the University of Michigan’s 2019 Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Sanjay Correa has led an exemplary career at GE Aviation, culminating in a six-year role as Vice President of CMC Programs that ended in 2017. From 2011 to 2017, he was responsible for introducing new materials and manufacturing processes and partnerships across GE’s industry-leading family of jet engines. CMCs, or Ceramic Matrix Composites are a category of advanced materials that can increase the performance of hot section components in engines. Dr. Correa also worked to incorporate 3D-printed parts and titanium aluminide (TiAl) low-pressure turbine blades into GE Aviation products.
Dr. Correa received all of his Aerospace Engineering degrees (BS, MS and PhD) from the University of Michigan. He joined GE’s Global Research Center in 1981, where he led a 26-year career of innovation and leadership. In the initial stage of his career, he published over 100 research papers and 15 US patents that focused on propulsion and power-generation technologies. He was then promoted to executive roles of increasing responsibility in research, engineering and later in supply chain and manufacturing operations responsible for the design, production and service of jet engine components.
Having retired from his VP role at GE Aviation, Dr. Correa now works as a consultant and advisor. He has served on many academic, not-for-profit, and non-profit boards. Over the course of his career, he’s received multiple accolades, including the election of Fellow of the Combustion Institute. Dr. Correa enjoys consulting, staying up-to-date with technical and industry matters, and flying a Cirrus SR22.