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Distinguished Alumnus Davis Celebrates 100th Patent

Alumnus L. Berkley Davis Jr. (BSME 1966, MSME 1970, Ph.D. 1972), who built an illustrious career at General Electric, recently celebrated a monumental milestone: his 100th patent.

Davis’ patents fall into the following categories: gas turbine combustion system hardware—including Dry Low NOx (DLN) hardware, DLN combustion system control strategies, methods of operating power plants to respond to grid upsets, methods to operate power plants with lower emissions, optical message to view flames for diagnostic and/or control purposes, methods to design gas turbines combustors to allow higher efficiency while keeping emissions low and a new method of controlling a gas turbine called probabilistic control.

Davis, who retired in 2016, currently holds 101 patents. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006, the UK College of Engineering’s Hall of Distinction in 2007, the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2015.

Davis was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2000. He also received the General Electric Steinmetz Award in 1991, the General Electric Edison Award in 2011 and several other internal awards from GE, including the Intellectual Property Award for Outstanding Issued Patent in 2005, Outstanding Technical Contribution in 2000, Six Sigma Award in 1999 and the Business Initiatives Award in 1994.