Combined cycle power plant thermo-economic optimization at GE Power

Type: Intership and Master project in industry (GE Power)

Period: 2018 spring

Project director: prof. François Maréchal



Generating new algorithms for Advanced Plant Optimization tool in order to explore new features in combined cycle power plants. The main focus area is development and maintenance of standalone tools for thermo-economic optimization of full or limited scope of power plants.



General Electric is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store”, though which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across the industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for costumers by speaking the language of industry.


Work plan:

The internship will be performed in Thermo-Economic Optimization group under Plant Engineering, GE Power, located in Baden (CH). GE Power may offer a Master Thesis after the Internship. Thermo-Economic Optimization group is responsible for performing optimizations of bottoming-cycles in order to select best combined cycle configurations according to thermo-economic targets for the gas plants.



Desired skills are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, energy technology or equivalent
  • Solid understanding of thermodynamics
  • Proficiency in programming with MATLAB, C++, and Fortran, background in Linux, efficient skills in VBA macros
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • High level of motivation and high level of communication skills 



  • Internship: 4-6 months
  • MSc thesis: based on agreement during the internship



Compensation will be defined by the company


To apply:

For further information please take contact with Sevket Baykal, at

To apply write an e-mail at the same address, attaching your CV, a cover letter and transcript of records (Bachalor’s and Master’s).