Vince Campisi is the global CIO for GE Software, and leads the Software & Services Technology (SST) organization, which focuses on delivering software & analytics-based outcomes to drive enhanced customer productivity and value.
Campisi has been with GE since 1998 and has completed assignments across GE Power & Water, GE Energy Management, GE Capital, and GE Corporate. He has progressed through leadership roles in Software Development, Information Technology, and Product Quality/Operations. Prior to GE Software, he was CIO & Lean Leader for GE Intelligent Platforms and CIO & Quality Leader for GE Water & Process Technologies.
As a member GE’s Services Council, he focuses on leveraging software & analytics to craft better customer solutions and services in alignment with GE’s Industrial Internet strategy. He is also a member of GE’s IT Council, which focuses on driving company-wide initiatives such as GE’s cloud transformation efforts and the company’s efforts around big data analytics.
Campisi is a committed partner and advocate of STEM programs at GE. He believes these programs help educate today’s young talent in learning what’s possible with technology, including how the Industrial Internet can drive efficiencies and productivity across major industries that will ultimately make people’s lives better.
GE and the GE Foundation are committed to building a world that works better. We’re empowering the next generation of diverse, innovative STEM leaders with the workforce skills necessary to succeed. The GE Foundation has been recognized for its STEM leadership by the National Science Teachers Association and Columbia University’s Teacher College, among others. The work spans K-12 and college and career-readiness.
GE Volunteers power the Foundation by engaging and empowering students globally and locally. One of the largest skill-based programs within GE is at GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio, where in 2008, MC2 STEM High School became the first high school to be embedded in a corporate campus. Local GE employees support education through skills based volunteering and supporting the schools real-world project based learning.
The Importance of STEM in Powering, Moving and Curing the World
As a society we’ve only just scratched the surface on all the ways technology will transform our world in positive and amazing ways. But new technology doesn’t just appear out of thin air. It flows from the ingenuity of brilliant, educated people who have the vision and know-how to turn their ideas into solutions for the world’s biggest challenges. The promise technology holds for transforming our future can only be realized if we have the talent to invent it, shape it and put it to work for the good of all. Providing outstanding educational opportunities in the STEM disciplines is an essential part of delivering on that promise.
There’s a sea change taking place at the point where industry and technology intersect that, in my view, will make the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the Internet look like baby steps for humanity by comparison. This collision of the physical and digital worlds—bringing together the nuts and bolts of industrial machines with the ones and zeros of software—has the potential to yield more benefits than even I can imagine. It’s called the Industrial Internet and the innovations it will deliver have direct application in sectors accounting for $10-15 trillion of the global GDP.
The Industrial Internet combines intelligent machines, advanced analytics, and people at work in ways that promise to dramatically improve productivity and efficiency. And even if it results in a very conservative one-percent improvement in efficiency, the results will be impressive. For example, we estimate that a savings of one-percent in fuel costs would save the commercial aviation industry $30 billion in 15 years. A similar rise in efficiency in our gas-fired power plants could save $66 billion in fuel costs. In health care, the savings would be $63 billion; for the freight industry, $27 billion. I could go on, but you get the idea. And the benefits transcend financial savings. The Industrial Internet literally has the potential to help reduce carbon emissions, to improve quality and access to healthcare that saves lives, and to transform entire economies for the betterment of humankind.
The U.S. is an early leader in the Industrial Internet, but our position can only be sustained by the ready availability of an exceptionally strong talent pool, not just in the traditional STEM “silos”, but with new, hybrid skill sets.
Traditionally, in order to achieve the sort of efficiency and performance gains I mentioned, we had to defy the laws of physics with breakthroughs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, science, technology, and math. But the Industrial Internet enables us to further defy the laws of physics through amazing feats in the digital worlds of software engineering and data science. These disciplines, a critical part of STEM, are essential to unlocking the next era of industrial innovation, growth and productivity.
Since opening our center in San Ramon in 2012, GE Software has hired more than 1,000 men and women with backgrounds in math, computer science, engineering, data science, user design experience and other relevant fields. This is a new kind of STEM workforce, aligned in their common pursuit of connecting the world of intelligent machines with people and data.
At GE, we are committed to thinking differently and collaborating in ways that take put our incredible depth of expertise, insight and industrial know-how to good use. But without our simultaneous commitment to STEM, our ability to face and meet the coming challenges would be severely compromised.
That’s why we invest in STEM programs like Girls Who Code and GE Girls, which help spark the imaginations of our next generation of engineers, data scientists, software developers, and technologists.
It’s why we’ve developed mentorship and leadership programs, which open doors for young leaders, inspiring and empowering them to create brilliant approaches to solving the world’s toughest challenges.
It’s why our GE Foundation pursues its vision of building a better world by empowering a diverse new generation of innovative STEM leaders with the workforce skills necessary to thrive. The Foundation’s work, spanning K-12, college and career-readiness, has been recognized for its STEM leadership by the National Science Teachers Association and Columbia University’s Teacher College, among others.
And it’s why we developed one of the largest skill-based programs at GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio, where in 2008, MC2 STEM High School became the first high school to be embedded in a corporate campus.
At GE, we believe every industrial company is going to be a software & analytics company, because the next era for industries like energy, healthcare, and aviation will require companies to bring together the world of physics and the world of analytics.
So when you step back and think about the talent we’ll need to digitize every major industry, it’s clear that the demand for folks with strong disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math is going to be exponentially higher than it has ever been before. If we don’t continue to invest in STEM talent it won’t be the laws of physics preventing us from breaking new technical boundaries it will be a lack of the necessary talent to help us challenge and redefine what is possible.