SVP & GM, CTO
Global Center for Social Innovation – North America
Hitachi America, Ltd.
George Saikalis has over 25 years of experience in research and management. He is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and General Manager of the Hitachi America, Ltd., R&D Division, Global Center of Social Innovation - North America. Saikalis is responsible for leading the Hitachi R&D group in the Americas with strategic locations in Santa Clara, Detroit and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The laboratories' research covers a wide area of topics including transportation, energy, resource exploration including O&G, mining, healthcare, finance and agriculture. The emphasis is on social innovation for advancing society.
Saikalis holds a B.S.E.E. in Electrical & Computer engineering, an M.S.E.E. in Control & Power Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Saikalis is the inventor and co-inventor of over 25 United States issued patents and has written and presented papers for the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.