Held this past April 27, the ERD—Engineering Recognition Day—is the yearly Engineering event that gathers all GE Aviation sites to celebrate an intense year of excellent results.
All Avio Aero sites celebrated at the same time, connected via direct streaming from the National Automobile Museum in Turin, the Tenuta Borgo Ducale in Brindisi, where our colleagues from Pomigliano joined the Apulia team, and the Qubus Hotel in Bielsko-Biala, where the Zielonka team joined the event together with the local colleagues.
Before starting work and focusing on the topics of the all-hands meeting, a buffet lunch was served. During the all-hands meeting, in addition to Giorgio Abrate, Luca Bedon and Francesco Maciariello spoke, together with Suzana Chakrokh, who welcomed colleagues from the former Naval Automation division to the Controls, Marine & Accessories team. The agenda was particularly challenging, as it focused on important topics such as the 2016 priorities, the current reorganization in the Engineering department of Aviation, the experience of the “Engineers in the shop” in support of supply chain and the manufacturing world, ending with a topic especially dear to Giorgio Abrate, communication and storytelling.
Then, the highly awaited moment, granting the most prestigious awards in the world of Engineering to those colleagues who stood out, particularly in the projects they completed and the manner in which they managed them. The eleven award categories span all the fields where the engineers work, from the design of new products to the search for solutions for our engines’ field support. Those awarded - unaware of having won until they saw their name appear on the screen - were introduced by a fun informal cartoon, which included video interviews with teammates and the reasons they were selected.
Making the day more special: the entertaining and visionary participation of Chris Bangle, former Chief of Design for BMW, in Turin, and Mariusz Stajewski, pilot and safety manager for Bielsko-Biala Civil Aviation Authority.
The whole engineering world of GE Aviation celebrated on the same day, serving as a common thread between the events and seeing the same acknowledgments given to David Joyce and Mohammad Ehteshami: a true global success to make us all feel part of one big team!