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GE to build center at University of Dayton

November 22, 2010, 05:09 pm

Something big is coming to the University of Dayton campus - about $51 million in building development. General Electric has announced it will be locating a new research and development center at the school.

The official name of the facility will be the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER). The buildings will span across eight acres of of the campus. Plans are underway to have the project completed and operational by the end of next year.

University of Dayton president Daniel Curran says having GE on campus will be beneficial.

"The applications are endless - from new power systems for aircraft to longer-range electric cars to smarter utility power grids for more efficient delivery of electricity," says Curran. "This is the bold kind of technology-based economic development initiative that this region and our state need."

Earlier this year, several large universities announced plans to end their aviation programs. Financial constraints and dwindling enrollment numbers were behind the schools' decisions. Having a joint venture with a large corporation such as GE on campus may help pump life into programs to ensure their longevity.  

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