“We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with UConn’s talented engineering students and faculty to develop new electrical-protection technologies that will advance the industry,” said Paul Singer, senior executive of engineering at GE’s Industrial Solutions business. “We will benefit from UConn’s strong R&D expertise in electrical contact and insulation materials, magnetic and thermal management and arc-physics modeling. We look forward to bringing new technologies to our customers that will provide high performance, more compact circuit breakers that provide advanced protection.”A new chapter in the long-term relationship between GE and the university, the new agreement also empowers both institutions to support the activities of the new state-funded UConn Technology Park, which is currently in development in Storrs, Conn. The Connecticut legislature recently allocated $172 million to develop the park’s 125,000-square-foot anchor building for industry partnerships in advanced science and engineering. Together with UConn’s new Eminent Faculty Program, these efforts will nurture activities leading to:
- Innovation with industry, from startups to mid-size and large corporations.
- An interface linking basic research and industrial applications.
- Jobs, new business startups and economic development.