Kurt has over 36 years of experience at GE Aviation, GE Energy and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, with over 20 years of executive leadership experience in engineering, supply chain, and business development. He has led global organizations across Europe, Asia and North America in technology development, product design, production support, and customer service, and has worked across the product life cycle from ideation through industrialization and product sunset. During his career, he has also led or championed many of GE’s change initiatives, including new product introduction, model-based design and manufacturing, digitization, Six Sigma, and Lean.
Kurt has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from South Dakota State University and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University. He was the VP of GE’s Community Service Fund from 2007 to 2017, a member of the SDSU Engineering Advisory Council from 2005 to 2016, and the Founder and National Hub President for the GE Native American Network. Kurt is a lifetime Sequoyah Member of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) and a member of ASME and AIAA.
Kurt retired from GE in 2017, then recently joined Belcan Engineering Group, LLC, as GM of the Cincinnati Delivery Center, where he has full P&L responsibility for an engineering services team of 850 Engineers.
In his spare time, Kurt enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, and doing outdoor activities like skiing, fishing, hiking, golfing and traveling.