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The collaborative UCRI and GE Aviation Research Center will enable GE Aviation engineers and UC faculty working through UCRI to pursue innovations with direct application on future aviation products being developed at GE.
The University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) and GE Aviation announced the creation of the GE Aviation Research Center—a move that will enable GE Aviation engineers and UC faculty working through UCRI to pursue innovations with direct application on future aviation products being developed at GE.“Our business is growing significantly and we have considerable new technologies that must be developed and industrialized,” says Gary Mercer, vice president of engineering at GE Aviation. “We want UC’s best minds to be a part of our journey as we influence the future course of aviation. It is also an important effort to further enhance Ohio’s aerospace capabilities.”The Research Center will also be a place for UC students to gain valuable experience.GE Aviation, the Research Center’s sponsor, is investing almost $100 million in capital improvements at the Evendale campus to facilitate research efforts defined by GE and UCRI. In addition, GE has committed $6 million over the next three years to fund the six UCRI researchers and 19 UC undergraduate and postgraduate students who will work at the Evendale campus.
UCRI has also committed $1 million in funding over the next three years to purchase equipment to support the technology projects. Also, GE will benefit from UC’s considerable research and development experience in aerospace engineering. GE and UC have collaborated on aerospace projects for many years, and hundreds of GE Aviation employees are UC graduates.“UCRI supports the collaborative process between industry and the university,” said David Linger, president and CEO of UCRI. “We work closely with GE Aviation to understand its business needs and drive efficient solutions.”In 2012, the University of Cincinnati received a $5 million “Ohio Third Frontier” grant from the state of Ohio that will be used by UCRI to purchase equipment for the joint GE/UCRI research activities.The multiyear research projects defined by GE and UCRI for the Research Center are:
The GE Aviation Research Center further bolsters Ohio’s “I-75 Aerospace Corridor” with leading aerospace companies and universities spanning from the Greater Cincinnati area to the Dayton area, including GE, UC, University of Dayton, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition, GE Aviation funds engine fan and materials research at Ohio State University.More information:www.uc.edu