Danielle Merfeld oversees more than 500 employees around the world as the director for power electronics at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York.
Merfeld, 42, has worked in various roles for GE Global Research and GE Power & Water since 1999. Today, she is in charge of GE Global's electrical technologies and systems team. Part of that job is directing a $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
The plan is to set up a silicon carbide chip manufacturing line at SUNY Polytechnic Institute by 2017. That line could produce about 30,000 chips a year, about 10 percent of the market, or $150 million a year. The technology would be an alternative to silicon chips, and is expected to produce more durable, lighter and more efficient chips.