It's rare for a global company to build a research center on a college campus, but GE Aviation doesn't think inside the box. Neither does the University of Dayton.

In 2013, GE Aviation opened the $51 million GE Aviation Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center on campus. In the lab, University of Dayton researchers and students work side by side with GE Aviation scientists and engineers to create new advanced electrical power technologies such as new power systems for aircraft, longer-range electric cars, and smarter utility power grids for more efficient delivery of electricity.

The center, believed to be the only one of its kind because of its capability to simulate and test complete electrical power systems in airplanes, is located on about eight acres on the University of Dayton's campus on River Park Drive along the Great Miami River. 

The center stands as a testament to what imagination — and collaboration — can accomplish. In the higher education landscape nationally, this innovative partnership is a model for the future.