Dr. Kannan is currently the Technology Leader – Electrical and Aero Thermal Technologies at GE Global Research, Bangalore – based out of GE’s largest multidisciplinary R&D facility, the John F. Welch Technology Centre.
He has been with GE-Bangalore since 2001, holding various leadership positions within GE Global Research. He developed and managed a team of technologists doing research in the areas of Power Electronics, Power Systems and Energy Storage. Between 2009-12, he served as the Power Systems Platform Leader in Niskayuna, USA, responsible for overseeing all Smart Grid research activities across GE Global Research.
Kannan obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University in 1996. Prior to GE, he worked with Entergy Services Inc., one of the largest electric power utilities in the US, where he was responsible for bringing new technologies to the transmission system, performing technical studies and recommending solutions.
He is the immediate past Chair of the IEEE – Power and Energy Society, Bangalore Chapter.