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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.

General Electric Co.'s research campus in Niskayuna, with its 2,000 employees, most of them well-paid and well-educated scientists and engineers, is one of the most important employers in the Capital Region.

 

It would be a crime to visit Austin without sampling the local barbecue here, so we stopped by General Electric’s BBQ Research Center at SXSW to see how the team is using GE technology to make sense of all things food.

Greeting the entrance of the outdoor “lab” is the 12-foot BBQ smoker which contains multiple sensors to record temperature, humidity, smoke velocity and meat temperature in real time.

GE said by applying its technology in a generalized use case like cooking, it hopes to demonstrate the power of sensors and data by creating the scientifically perfect rack of ribs and brisket.

 

AUSTIN, Texas — If there are two things that bind the South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW) and the city that hosts it every year, they are technology and barbecue.

So it makes total sense that General Electric would set up shop near the Austin Convention Center, SXSW’s ground zero, with what it called a BBQ Research Center.

General Electric has come to Texas with an ambitious plan: To try and cook up the perfect barbecue.

In Austin, home to brisket and rib heavyweights like the Salt Lick, La Barbecue and Freedmen's, attendees at the South by Southwest Interactive festival are stumbling upon a big bold pop-up. That would be GE's BBQ Research Center.