The collaboration with the university will see the company transform the state’s technology sector and spark breakthrough innovations in electrical distribution products.

The latest initiative includes an endowed professorship, scholarship money for undergraduate and graduate students and $3.3m in funding for company directed research at the varsity’s engineering school.

Support from GE’s Industrial Solutions business would bring together researchers from various academic disciplines and from the energy industry to conduct research on core electrical-protection technologies, including circuit breakers.

GE’s Industrial Solutions business CEO Bob Gilligan noted that the investment in this university is a significant step toward creating more meaningful relationships with leading universities.

"The collaboration enables GE to partner with a well-respected institution to create the electrical distribution technologies of tomorrow — enabling us to bring our customers more innovative products and manufacture them in a more cost-effective way," Gilligan added.

University of Connecticut president Susan Herbst said, "Cutting-edge research and education are vital to both UConn and GE as we strive to train leaders and manufacture products that will be successful in the global economy."