GE Aviation and the University of Cincinnati Finalize Historic Research Collaboration

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 aviation products.

*Aircraft Energy and Thermal Management. Airplanes are demanding more electricity. GE Aviation’s Power Distribution division in Dayton is responding to these requirements, and the Research Center in Evendale will study the thermal management challenges that these requirements create.  GE and UCRI will link with GE’s Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) being constructed at the University of Dayton (UD).  The EPISCENTER will team GE with UD researchers in the areas of computer modeling, simulation, and analysis of dynamic electric power systems and controls.

The GE Aviation Research Center further bolsters Ohio’s “I-75 Aerospace Corridor” with its world-class aerospace companies and universities spanning from the Greater Cincinnati area to the Dayton area, including GE, UC, UD, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  In addition, GE Aviation funds engine fan and materials research at Ohio State University.

GE Aviation has about 9,000 employees in southwestern Ohio, and supports several thousand more employees from area aerospace companies that do business with GE.  GE envisions the Research Center as an important pipeline for attracting top engineering talent from UC to GE Aviation. 

The Research Center is the latest in a series of significant steps taken by GE Aviation over the past six years to enhance Ohio’s aerospace presence.  These actions include:

2007:   GE Aviation’s engine test center at Peebles, Ohio undergoes $90 million expansion.

2007:   GE Aviation acquires Smith Aerospace including two facilities in Dayton, Ohio. 

2009:   GE Aviation and the Ohio Dept. of Development partner to revitalize the Evendale plant. GE invests $100 million in Evendale complex over the next three years.  As part of a 15-year Job Retention Tax Credit from the state of Ohio, GE Aviation commits to maintaining at least 5,000 area jobs for 18 years.

2013:  The GE Aviation Research Center is established in Evendale.

2013:  GE Aviation’s engine test center at Peebles undergoes a $70 million expansion.

Late 2013:   GE Aviation opens the Electrical Power Integrated Systems R&D Center (EPISCENTER) at the University of Dayton campus in collaboration with the University of Dayton Research Institute. 

2013-2015:  During this three-year period, GE Aviation will have invested $300 million in its facilities in southwestern Ohio. 

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