Starting this year, GE will require engineers in its Edison Educational Development Program to earn their Master of Science degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering. GE worked with UofL to modify the existing Edison program, extending it from two to three years.

Engineers in the program will have five engineering job rotations while GE pays for their education. Professors from UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering will teach at Appliance Park, eliminating the need for students to commute or use distance learning. Besides classwork, the engineers will be encouraged to complete an appliance-related thesis, which will allow them to specialize in their areas of interest.

“These collaborations between UofL and GE will produce a better-educated workforce, innovative technologies and, ultimately, more jobs in the Louisville area,” UofL President James Ramsey said.

UofL’s Research Foundation Inc. and GE also have forged a master research agreement that will allow UofL engineering and physics faculty and GE engineers to collaborate on research projects. Several projects are in development.

“With this expanded partnership, GE is able to enhance our capability to build great products that will delight the consumer,” said Kevin Nolan, vice president of technology for GE Appliances. “With a focus on continuous improvement through education and research, our engineers are better equipped with the most current training and research available.”

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Judy Hughes
Judy Hughes is a communications and marketing specialist for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she works in media relations and contributes to news about the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and Kent School of Social Work. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.