STEVE J. GRAY
Vice President and General Manager
“I believe mechanical engineers play a key role in the world we live in by delivering new products and services that improve the way people live. Products Purdue engineers design also create jobs and economic value for companies, shareholders, employees and countries. The technical skills, leadership, and confidence I learned at Purdue have made a key contribution to my career and my life. Iʼm proud to be a Purdue Engineer!”
Steven J. Gray is the Vice President and General Manager for General Electric’s Computerized Tomography and Advantage Workstation, and leads the $2 billion business that produces a family of CT scanners and 3D workstations for the global medical imaging market. Gray has a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master’s from Purdue University. In addition, he holds a master’s in General Management from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
Over his 35-year career at General Electric, Gray has held various engineering and business leadership positions in the appliance, healthcare, and transportation business units. He began his career at GE in 1976 as a Design Engineer at GE Motors. Gray joined GE Medical Systems in 1982 as a Project Engineer, and held several engineering and product management positions before he was promoted to Manager, CT Premium Products in 1990, and subsequently Manager, CT Global Product Planning in 1992. After a brief time away from GE, he rejoined in the appliance business, where his team rejuvenated the product line as G.M., NPI. Gray was promoted to G.M. Engineering Operations at GE Transportation, and became Vice President of Global Technology in 2003, where his team completed the development and launch of the Evolution Locomotive and its global derivatives.
In his prestigious and lengthy career, Gray has achieved several engineering milestones. In the late 90s, he developed a new family of refrigeration products that met aggressive U.S. energy standards, and were the first to rely on advanced microprocessor controls to provide new features, functions and performance. He earned the Chairman’s Growth Hero Award in 2004 by launching the “Evolution Locomotive”, which was the first to meet U.S. Tier 2 Emissions standards while simultaneously delivering improved fuel economy. In 2006, he designed and commissioned the locomotives and wireless system that enabled the first rail travel system in Tibet at altitudes of over 17,000 feet. In 2011, Gray developed and launched a new model of CT scanner that produces incredible images of the body with a small fraction of the X-ray dose of historical products. He holds 10 U.S. patents.