GE has been highly engaged with the University for decades. As a result, over 900 Notre Dame alumni now work for the corporation. The GE recruiting team has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the University over the years, recruiting students from every college and multiple majors including MBA recruiting in finance. The annual GE New Hire Dinner takes place in the spring and honors all summer interns, new hires, and recruiting team members. This event also offers an opportunity to maintain relationships with campus administrators, deans, and faculty. Even during difficult economic times, GE has increased its hiring at Notre Dame. For example, in 2010, GE’s total new hires and interns approached 80 Notre Dame students.
In addition, GE executives—CEO, CFO, and Chief Diversity Officer—have participated in numerous campus visits, lectures, and awards ceremonies, including the Hesburgh Ethics Award, Notre Dame Diversity Conference Keynote Lecture, Notre Dame Forum, Notre Dame Commencement Address, and GE LIVE Event.
In terms of Innovation, decades of cutting-edge aerospace research at Notre Dame resulted in the development of novel turbine engine blade designs. More recently, Notre Dame and GE have collaborated on energy efficient CO2 capture technology and smart-grid energy infrastructure using wireless technology. GE is a leading matching gift employer, and also donated solar panels for the roof of the University’s new Stinson-Remick Hall.
Most recently, in a course entitled, MBAs on the Frontlines, Notre Dame students have collaborated with GE leaders in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Philippines to study how the dynamism of business can be harnessed to heal divisions in post-conflict environments. It’s hopeful that these collaborations will lead to greater research studies and partnership in the future.
GE also has placed executives on the Business Advisory Council and the Graduate Studies and Research