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GE Aviation opens R&D center

Dec. 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM

DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A research and development center for electrical systems has been opened on the campus of the University of Dayton by GE Aviation at a cost of $53 million.

The Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center -- 130,000 square feet in size -- has the capability to simulate and test complete electrical power systems in airplanes and will lead to the possible hiring of 200 researchers over the next five years, depending on future programs.

"GE Aviation's partnership with the University of Dayton is creating long-term economic growth," said Brad Mottier, vice president of Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems for GE Aviation. "The center fosters collaborative research with our customers with a goal of decreasing system development time and improving on-time delivery of new aircraft."

GE Aviation scientists and engineers at the center will work with University of Dayton researchers to develop and deploy computer modeling, simulation and analysis of advanced, electrical power systems design and control technologies, the company said, and will provide support to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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