Farshad Ghasripoor is the Chief Technology Officer at Energy Recovery, where he is responsible for the conceptualization and ongoing development of the revolutionary VorTeq hydraulic pumping system. He has built a world class engineering organization that has become the driving force behind Energy Recovery’s product development efforts with a focus on future derivatives of the Pressure Exchanger technology. He has been instrumental for the rapid growth and diversification of the business into multiple segments. He has extensive knowledge in various facets of engineering including mechanics of materials, fluid dynamics and turbomachinery in general. Previously, he served as Energy Recovery’s Managing Director of Engineering. Previous to joining Energy Recovery, he served a 12-year term at General Electric Company, starting at the General Electric Global Research Center, where he led the development of abradable seals for steam and gas turbines. Dr. Ghasripoor also developed a solid particle erosion protection system for steam path airfoils, which is currently implemented in GE steam turbines to substantially extend the life of turbine blades. Prior to joining General Electric, he spent 9.5 years at Sulzer’s R&D division in Switzerland as a Mechanical Engineer leading projects to improve performance of large marine engines, compressors & pumps. He is the named inventor on 64 US patent applications, of which 31 have been granted to date, and has authored articles for 20 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Ghasripoor earned his PhD, MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brunel University of West London in the United Kingdom.