David L. Joyce

Feb. 20, 2014

David L. Joyce (BS ’78, MS ’80 Mech Egr) of Cincinnati is among the 67 new members and 11 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Joyce is president and chief executive officer, GE Aviation, and senior vice president, GE, Cincinnati.  He was selected for his contributions in reducing emissions and fuel consumption of turbofan engines.

He received the MSU College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in May 2009.

Joyce has influenced the design and launch of GE’s most innovative and popular engines for more than three decades. His journey in aviation began after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University, in 1978 and 1980, respectively. He also received a master’s degree in business finance from Xavier University in 1992.

He joined GE Aviation in 1980 at its Cincinnati headquarters and became immersed for 15 years in advanced design and product development, contributing to nine jet engine families for 15 aircraft models. From 1995 to 2000, he expanded into Six Sigma quality leadership roles, and headed GE Aviation’s around-the-clock Customer & Product Support organization, supporting the global fleets of more than 500 customers. He ran the regional and business jet commercial engine operations from 2000 through 2003, during the explosive growth in regional jet operations in the United States. GE is the largest producer of regional jet engines. He also led GE’s successful bid to power the ARJ Regional Jet, China’s first indigenous commercial jet, and led the formation of the GE Honda Aero Engine Company, a new joint company between GE and Honda of Japan, which is creating engines for new small, light-weight business jets. He spent the next five years as vice president and general manager over GE’s entire commercial jet engine portfolio, and has overseen the certification and service entry of several new engines and launched the engine on Boeing’s new 787 and 747-8 aircraft.

As GE Aviation’s president and CEO, he is active in the industry and the community. His volunteer service has included work on the Cincinnati Business Committee, on the boards of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-State Warbird Museum, and the advisory board for the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those members who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

The new NAE members bring the total U.S. membership to 2,250 and the number of foreign associates to 214. To see the entire list of the 2014 new NAE members, visit: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=02062014