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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — For nearly three decades Krishan Luthra stubbornly labored away in a General Electric research lab on a long-shot effort to cook up a new type of ceramic that few consumers will ever see or use.

Now this obscure material, which is lightweight, strong and can handle extreme temperatures, is being built into the bellies of jet engines and promises to save billions of gallons of fuel in the coming decades by reducing weight and allowing engines to run hotter.

It has helped GE win jet engine orders worth $100 billion — so far — from airlines looking to shave their huge fuel bills. In the future it is expected to be used in power plants and other equipment.

"It's a dream material," says Luthra, who has spent most of his career dreaming about it.

It’s Mother’s Day WEEK, and today we’re turning our attention to four brilliant, beautiful, totally inspiring moms who spend their days innovating to change the world. It’s all part of an exciting series with GE that focuses on tapping into technological creativity in every mom, sister and aunt. Whether fixing, hacking or redesigning things, moms have a knack for engineering solutions in unexpected places and achieving feats of greatness on the daily.

We hope these stories inspire you as much as they inspire us — these women are seriously badass!

Based in Schenectady, NY, GE Electrical Engineer Danielle Merfeld is one seriously inspiring lady. Her interest in electrical engineering stemmed from a love of lasers — the very fact that we can convert electricity to light sparked (pun intended) something in Danielle. Now she spends her days engineering new ways to create lighting that uses less energy to make the world brighter, more efficient and more connected. We can certainly get behind that.

General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt told the 830 graduates at Siena College's commencement ceremony Sunday that they probably would have rather heard from comedian Stephen Colbert, who is speaking atWake Forest University, or movie star Matthew McConaughey, who is part of the commencement proceedings at the University of Houston.

However, "I can actually give you a job" Immelt said, drawing laughter and applause from the few thousand in attendance at the Times Union Center event.

So what is General Electric Co. worth to the Capital Region?

GE's local manufacturing and research operations in Schenectady County and elsewhere pump $11 million into the Capital Region economy every day — $4 billion last year — according to a newly released study commissioned by GE back in January.

Perhaps even more surprising is that GE's operations pay for the salaries and benefits of 17,576 people in the Capital Region. That equates to about one out of every 27 workers in the region — nearly 4 percent of the local workforce.

The GE Foundation has donated $400,000 to launch a science, technology and math education program with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

The donation, announced Tuesday, will be for a program called STEM Empowers OK. GE, which is building an oil and gas research technology center in Oklahoma City, will sponsor a weeklong STEM program for 50 students in July at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

A full-scale factory could be in the future of the Capital Region if a $500 million power electronics manufacturing consortium takes off, General Electric Co. and SUNY Polytechnic Institute said.

The disclosure came Wednesday at a semiconductor supplier conference.

GE and SUNY Poly announced the creation of the Albany consortium in July to commercialize GE's silicon carbide technology for use in power electronics chips.

General Electric’s plans for an advanced manufacturing and research facility received the go-ahead from Findlay, Penn. supervisors Wednesday night.

The manufacturer will use the site to develop and implement 3-D printing of metal objects and other advanced manufacturing technologies.

GE has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to test a new multi-parameter sensor for detecting and monitoring decubitus pressure ulcers. The handheld portable device has a thermal sensor for spotting elevated temperature on the skin, a parameter that can point to infection or active healing, depending on where the heat around the wound is produced.

During my visit to General Electric's Global Research Centers in San Ramon, California, and Niskayuna, New York, last month, I got what amounts to an end-to-end tour of what GE calls the "Industrial Internet." The phrase refers to the technologies of cloud computing and the "Internet of Things" applied across a broad swath of GE's businesses in an effort to squeeze better performance and efficiency from the operations of everything from computer-controlled manufacturing equipment to gas turbine engines and power plants. It's an ambitious effort that GE is hoping to eventually sell to other companies as a cloud service—branded as Predix.

After Lee Hutchison got back from witnessing how GE is building smarter composites at the company's Global Research Center in Munich, he handed off the virtual travel baton to me. My mission? I wanted to dive deeper into how GE is tapping into Internet of Things (IoT) technology, or what GE calls the Industrial Internet.

That quest took me to San Ramon, California, the home of GE Software, where I learned about the big data and analytics platform GE is building in hopes of squeezing ever-higher levels of efficiency out of all of its industrial operations.

A device developed by GE Global Research promises to put an end to one of the most common complications affecting hospital patients.

The handheld sensor, combined with a data analysis system, was designed to detect the earliest formation of a bedsore and to provide a scientific assessment of its progress to help doctors and nurses treat them.

The device is being tested with 18 patients at the Augusta, Ga., VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

(Reuters) - General Electric Co expects to sell 500 of its more highly efficient gas power turbines in the next 15 years, a company executive said on Wednesday during a meeting to spotlight the U.S. conglomerate's ability to innovate.

The H-class gas turbine is designed to be more efficient at converting natural gas to electricity than older turbines. It is a critical new product for GE's power business -- the company's biggest industrial segment -- and its prospects are being closely watched by Wall Street.