Dave F. Brandel, General Manager – Engineering Department for GE Aviation Nacelles and Mechanical Systems
Nexcelle benefits from the skills and capabilities of the employee teams at its two parent companies: Safran Nacelles and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems. The following article is part of a series of profiles on the unique personalities that are shaping Nexcelle’s role in the future of integrated propulsion systems.
March 26, 2014
Dave Brandel understands that well-tuned teamwork is key to success.
As General Manager for the Nacelles and Mechanical Systems Engineering Department at GE Aviation, he is part of the greater “family” from Nexcelle’s two parent companies that is making a new generation of nacelle products a reality.
And as someone who enjoys singing, he has demonstrated how working together also provides winning results outside of the workplace. Brandel joined with six other colleagues in preparing a music video that was selected to represent GE in the “CincySings” competition – a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Fine Arts fund, which is actively supported as part of GE Aviation’s corporate citizenship in its headquarters area.
“Several members of the group are in my engineering department, and we formed it after a call for volunteers by a member of the TRAS (thrust reverser actuation) team,” Brandel explained. “This was a fast-paced process that resulted from a true team effort: we selected the song on Friday; met on Saturday to prepare, practice, record the video and audio tracks; and it was edited and submitted by Sunday night.”
Facing off against the finalist teams from nine other corporations – plus one “wild card” team – in the Cincinnati region, the “CincySings” winner will be named April 9, with the privilege of singing the U.S. national anthem at an upcoming Cincinnati Reds baseball game.
Brandel said applying the good principles of teamwork also is part of the daily working relationship with Nexcelle’s two direct parent companies: GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems, and Aircelle of the Safran group.
“It’s exciting to be working with Aircelle as we create new competencies and products through an international joint venture involving different cultures, time zones and capabilities,” he added. “I truly live the ‘global’ life every day, as my own team at GE brings together some 1,000 engineers worldwide – working on nacelles, aerostructures, propellers and landing gear systems.”
- See the YouTube video clip of Dave Brandel and the GE Aviation team singing the corporate entry in the “CincySings” competition.