K. Anand is a consulting engineer supporting materials and process engineering and other disciplines, at GE Power Engineering, Bangalore India. Anand has been part of the GE India technology center since Jan 2000, and was part of the startup team leading research activities in Metallurgy as a Manager at GE Global Research in Bangalore. Anand led research activities in Tribology, Corrosion, Electrochemistry and Materials modeling to drive materials innovations and product development cutting across aviation, power, oil and gas and health care. Anand moved to GE Power in Bangalore as a Consulting Engineer for materials cutting across product lines. His key contributions have been primarily in coatings and mitigating surface degradation. These include solutions for power augmentation through wet compression, corrosion solutions for fuel flexibility, multidisciplinary approaches to manage compressor efficiency, solutions for severe abrasion for coal crushing, and disruptive technologies for Hydro. Anand is an author in over 50 filed patents.
Anand started his career in industrial research with GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati focused on wear and clearance control coatings for commercial engines, including GE90, CFM56 and CF6, between 1990 and 1993. Anand relocated to India in 1994 assuming various positions between 1994 and 2000, including Praxair Surface Technologies in Business Development for India and South East Asia.
Anand completed his BS degree in 1981 from Indian Institute of Science in Metallurgy, Masters from IIT – Madras in Metallurgical Engineering in 1983, PhD from North Carolina State University in Materials Science and Engineering in 1987. Post PhD, Anand worked in the University of Notre Dame in Materials Science before joining GE Aviation in 1990. His research work focused on sliding wear and solid particle erosion.
Anand drives a GE volunteers program aimed at restoring degraded forests near Bandipur which generates income for local communities. He is married to Priya who works for the NGO sector and has a daughter, Manasi, who completed her Masters from Oxford in the UK, and is working for a think tank in India. They enjoy travel and trekking. They recently returned from a 9-day trek in Himalayas spanning 4000 to 13500 ft.