Stahre named 2017 computer science and engineering OEA

3/27/2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Eric Stahre (’82, B.S. CS), president and CEO of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at GE Healthcare, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the college and recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. Stahre will receive his award, along with 11 other recipients, at a ceremony on April 20.

Stahre’s academics, as well as the leadership roles in his fraternity, Theta Delta Chi, helped to shape his path. “These days when I’m on campus, I encourage students to be open to all possibilities because you never know where your career will lead,” said Stahre. “I remember sitting in physics classes, thinking, ‘when am I ever going to use physics? I’m a software jock. I just want to write code.’ I never imagined how much my career would depend on applications of physics: from satellites to life-saving medical imaging technologies.”

Stahre was always interested in his father’s work as a systems analyst. “If my dad worked on a Saturday, he would take me into the office,” said Stahre. “It was exciting to see computers in action.” After taking a high school programming course, Stahre was hooked. He chose to study computer science in college.

Upon graduating, Stahre worked briefly as a software engineer at an industrial process control company, but then jumped at an opportunity in 1984 to join RCA’s satellite systems division in Astro-Electronics’ systems software group.

In 1986, GE acquired RCA. “It was an exciting time,” said Stahre. “The combined RCA and GE Astro space division was developing the most sophisticated remote sensing satellites, a new GPS system, commercial communications satellites, and interplanetary systems.”

“GE encouraged us to take on challenges beyond our immediate skill set,” said Stahre. Over the next 10 years, Stahre took on roles of increasing and broadening responsibility in engineering and product leadership. He worked to develop and deliver satellite mission planning software, then expanded to full satellite ground control systems, and satellite power subsystems (e.g. batteries and solar arrays). Stahre then served as program director for the first A2100 series satellites to be built at Astro’s plant in Sunnyvale, CA.

In 1996, he joined GE Healthcare’s as Systems and Applications Engineering Manager, MRI. He was promoted to general manager of MRI’s global technology organization in 1998, during a time of tremendous innovation and growth. In 2000, Stahre was appointed general manager, Genomics and Molecular Medicine, leading a strategy of collaborative R&D, business partnerships with pharma/biotech and acquisitions. Following the announcement of GE’s Amersham acquisition, Stahre moved to GE Healthcare’s UK headquarters in the role of general manager, Medical Diagnostics Integration. In 2005, Stahre was promoted to lead Molecular Imaging and CT’s global technology organization. Then in 2007, Stahre transitioned to product management as general manager of CT’s premium segment. His responsibilities expanded to Molecular Imaging and CT. Stahre took on his current position in late 2014.

“At GE Healthcare, I’ve had the absolute privilege to go to work every day with the brightest engineers and scientists who develop life-saving medical imaging technologies,” said Stahre. “We get to innovate in collaboration with world-renowned radiologists and medical physicists. There’s no better feeling than bringing our innovations to market, putting them in the hands of healthcare providers around the world, and seeing the positive impact they have on patients. It’s an extraordinary mission.”

Stahre also holds an M.S. in computer science from Villanova University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He serves on the boards of InSightec, MITA (Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance), and Make a Wish – Wisconsin.

He resides in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with his wife, Tammi. They have two grown children, Jonathan and Katie.

 

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“These days when I’m on campus, I encourage students to be open to all possibilities because you never know where your career will lead,” said Stahre. “I remember sitting in physics classes, thinking, ‘when am I ever going to use physics? I’m a software jock. I just want to write code.’ I never imagined how much my career would depend on applications of physics: from satellites to life-saving medical imaging technologies.”
 
 

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