This tutorial presentation will address some of the past, present, and potential uses of laser for material processing with emphasis of manufacturing. The U.S. was the hot bed for initial uses of lasers for material processing in the past with Europe, especially Germany, presently leading the way. The future laser-processing leader may still be Germany. Selected uses, past and present, of lasers within GE will also be highlighted as seen in such businesses units as Aviation, Lighting, Energy, Healthcare, and Transportation. 150-word Biography: Dr. Marshall G. Jones joined GE Global Research (GR) in 1974 as a mechanical engineer after receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts. He received his B.S. in the same field from University of Michigan (U of M). He worked four years as development engineer at Brookhaven National Labortory after in his undergrad studies at U of M. Dr. Jones, a Principal Engineer, has performed research and development work for most all the industrial business segments of GE. He has spent most of his GE career addressing laser material processing, laser device development and fiber optics which has afforded him 50 U.S. patents, 31 foreign patents, and over 45 publications. Dr. Jones is a GE-GR Coolidge Fellow and is member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and the Laser Institute of America (LIA). He serves or has served on both community and national boards including the Engineering Directorate for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and LIA. Dr. Jones has received many community and technical awards including the GE Phillippe Award (community service) in 1992 and the 2007 Arthur Schawlow Award (LIA’s highest achievement award). Article not available.

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