UofL partners with GE to offer graduate classes next to the assembly line


by Gene Kang


Posted on August 17, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 10:10 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- University of Louisville will offer graduate classes next to the assembly line at GE Appliance Park. It's an advantage that will help them compete in the global market and create more jobs.

GE Appliances is home to high-tech design and innovation. They're moving into the future with UofL by offering an on-site graduate program at Appliance Park.

Dr. James Ramsey, UofL President, said: "So that your scientists, your engineers and your technology people can work easily and directly with our faculty at the University of Louisville."

Dr. Ramsey toured Appliance Park which is essentially now an extension of the college campus.
This year, engineers in GE's Edison Educational Development Program will be required to earn their masters degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering.Professors from UofL's Engineering School will teach at the complex. The hands-on program will have roughly 25 students per class.

Glen Prater, UofL Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair, said:
"GE doesn't just recruit the University of Louisville, they recruit the entire nation and world. Try bring the best young graduates to Louisville."

Ultimately their brilliant minds will help create top-of the-line product development and more jobs.

Kevin Nolan, GE Appliances Park VP of Technology, said:
"What we're working on with UofL is cutting-edge innovative research that we feel will give us a big advantage in the market place.