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General Electrics has awarded Penn State University a grant worth up to $10 million to establish a new center for natural gas industry research and development.

The money will support student fellowships, equipment purchases and research projects at The Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at Penn State.

The award will be given to Penn State through New York-based GE Global Research.

The center will foster interdisciplinary collaboration on projects and research among Penn students and faculty members as well as sponsor internships and career fairs focused on the energy sector.

Faculty from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, the colleges of earth and mineral sciences, engineering, and information sciences and technology will be involved with the center, Penn State News said.

Other research institutes and centers based out of Penn State will also participate in the center including the Center for Supply Chain Research and the Institute for Natural Gas Research.

The center will also create new outreach and educational programs including a graduate certificate program that links work in supply chain studies and data analytics with technical aspects of the energy sector.

GE will collaborate with the center to determine the initial direction of its research and programs.