The funding includes $3.5 million to conduct, in partnership with GE, research and development on core electrical-protection technologies, including circuit breakers; $2.7 million for graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships; and $1.5 million to endow a GE professorship at the university's School of Engineering. Geared to advancing GE's circuit breaker product lines, the research will focus on arc-plasma containment, electrical materials, magnetic and mechanical systems, and advanced manufacturing technologies.
The research also will support the activities of the new state-funded UConn Technology Park, which is in development. Once completed, the park, along with UConn's new Eminent Faculty Program, will help to nurture innovation and job development across the technology industry.
"With this commitment, GE is forging greater collaboration among world-class scholars, researchers and industry leaders, which is essential to fostering innovation and strong economic growth," said UConn president Susan Herbst. "Cutting-edge research and education are vital to both UConn and GE as we strive to train leaders and manufacture products that will be successful in the global economy."