Robert Bruce is a Principle Engineer at GE Aviation, and conducts research on coatings and materials for applications in gas turbines. His areas of expertise include erosion and wear of materials and coatings, wear material combinations, turbine oils and thermal barrier coatings. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands and a Master's degree in Tribology from the University of Leeds, England.
Bruce has authored several award winning papers and holds over fifty patents. He was the recipient of STLE’s Walter D. Hodson Award (1985), GE’s William L. Badger Award (1997), Vacuum Society’s R.F. Bunshah Award (1999), STLE’s P.M. Ku Award (2002), and NASA’s TGIR Award (2003).