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David L. Joyce, President and CEO of GE Aviation, to Receive Honorary Doctorate from UC


The visionary leader in aerospace technology will be honored at the University of Cincinnati Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 11.

Date: 11/29/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823

UC ingot   David L. Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science at the University of Cincinnati Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, in Fifth Third Arena. The honorary degree represents the highest award from the University of Cincinnati.
David L. Joyce
David L. Joyce

Joyce is praised in both technology and business, heading the world’s leading designer and producer of jet engines for commercial and military aircraft, and a major provider of avionics, power, and actuation systems. For three decades, Joyce influenced the design and launch of GE’s most innovative and popular engines.

Joyce first joined GE Aviation at its Cincinnati headquarters in 1980, working and leading in design and product development for 15 years: during which GE established itself as the premier jet engine manufacturer in the world. He is also credited with developing today’s world wide customer and product support operations; launching the next generation of jet engines powering airplanes from the US, Canada, Brazil, France, China and Japan; and creating ventures with partners throughout the world in support of growth. 

Joyce is also praised for building on GE’s longtime relationship with UC, a relationship that has resulted in the graduations of more than 1,000 students from the College of Engineering & Applied Science’s first master’s degree program, as well as thousands of student cooperative experiences that led to careers starting at the GE plant in Evendale. UC is among the distinguished global universities in the University Strategic Alliance established by GE.

He is also paving the way for a unique partnership between GE and UC’s College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) and College of Business – a partnership to create a research and development center to establish a model for the future’s technology development.

“He fully understands that long-term development of talent and the harvesting of ideas will be accomplished most successfully by stable and meaningful relationships between business and higher education,” says Carlo D. Montemagno, CEAS dean and Geier Professor of Engineering Education. “UC has prospered because of this relationship and will continue to do so.”

Joyce earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and holds a master’s degree in business finance from Xavier University. He serves on the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association, and board of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC; serves on the Cincinnati Business Committee; and serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-State Warbird Museum, as well as on the board of trustees for Xaviere University, and advisory board of UC’s College of Engineering & Applied Science.