GE’s electrical power business is on track to almost double from 2009 to 2014; this is attributed to the demand for more power on aircraft and GE’s ability to invest and bring advanced technologies that are flexible with customers’ requirements."This is exactly the kind of collaboration we need for the Dayton region and across the state to create jobs, boost R&D and educate the next generation of engineers and scientists," Secretary Husted said. "We have great assets in Wright Patt, the University of Dayton and GE. The new EPISCenter leverages them all and our economy will be better for it." University of Dayton researchers will work with GE scientists and engineers to develop and deploy computer modeling, simulation and analysis of advanced, dynamic electrical power systems design and control technologies. The center’s close proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton Research Institute is important in order to provide significant new support to the Air Force Research Labs and foster research and new technological breakthroughs through collaboration with researchers and graduate students on Dayton’s campus. By bringing graduate students on engineering design teams, GE Aviation is making a commitment to building a pipeline of qualified engineers for its future. The center is directed at several markets including end-to-end electrical power starter and generation, conversion, distribution, and load technologies for next-generation civil and military aerospace applications. The grand opening ceremony, which drew more than 200 state, regional and University officials, comes on the heels of the EPISCenter being named the state's best economic development project of the year by the Ohio Economic Development Association. GE has a sizable footprint in Ohio with 22 locations and 15,000 employees. GE has increased its employment in the state by 7 percent in the past two years and plans to continue its investment to grow its presence in Ohio, including growth in Dayton’s Aerospace Corridor.
GE announced plans in 2010 to locate the EPISCenter on the University of Dayton campus. The EPISCenter will complement GE Aviation’s Electrical Power Integration Center (EPIC) located in Cheltenham, UK, which opened in 2011. Together, these two research centers will augment GE Aviation’s existing research and development capabilities, further enabling collaborative research and innovation.GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aviation Systems LLC and GE Aviation Systems Ltd are subsidiaries of General Electric Company. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. You can follow us on Twitter.com/geaviation. You can visit the electric flight video from Oshkosh: http://www.ge.com/innovation/electric_flight/index.html The University of Dayton is a top-tier national Catholic research university with an annual sponsored research volume of nearly $100 million. It's the largest private university in Ohio. www.udayton.edu.