EVENDALE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
GE Aviation, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati Research
Institute (UCRI), has created the GE Aviation Research Center at the
company’s world headquarters in Evendale, Ohio.
The Research Center enables GE Aviation engineers and scientists to
collaborate with UCRI faculty members and UC students on the Evendale
campus to pursue innovations that have direct application on GE’s future
The scope of this agreement marks a “first” in Ohio between a leading
aerospace company and a leading university research institute.
“Our business is growing significantly and we have considerable new
technologies that must be developed and industrialized,” said 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
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. Click here
for the rendering of the engine combustion laboratory to be constructed.
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 UCRI’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
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.