Lewis S. Edelheit, formerly the manager of the Electronic Systems Research Center at General Electric Co., has been appointed senior vice president for corporate research and development at the GE Research and Development Center in Schenectady, N.Y. He began his new job on November 2.

The longtime GE employee--he first joined the GE R&D center in 1969, after receiving his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois in Urbana--specializes in the development of medical imaging scanners.

The Schenectady center is one of 26 R&D facilities run by GE around the United States. In 1991, GE was issued 973 U.S. patents; of them, the R&D center accounted for 313. GE products based on inventions from the center include the "fan-beam" computed tomography scanner, synthetic industrial diamonds, and Lexan polycarbonate resin.

Edelheit says that having a vision for the future as well as quick decision-making are perhaps the most essential...

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