The Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine was mentioned in the EdTech: Focus on Higher Education article, “University manufacturing centers prove a boon for industry, too.” Companies rely on academic programs for both industrial research and future employees, according to Kurt Goodwin, general manager of Advanced Manufacturing Works for GE Power Systems. The company works closely with UMaine, Georgia Tech and Greenville Tech, according to the article. “They’re three of my favorites,” Goodwin said. “They all take a very pragmatic approach to systems and embrace a broad range of students. It’s not just about engineering degrees, but also associate degrees and high-end technicians. These are things the country really needs.” GE has hired interns and graduates from all three to tackle problem-solving challenges, EdTech reported. In 2016, GE asked a team of UMaine engineering students to redesign a singlet nozzle for steam turbines. Working at the AMC, four undergrads simplified the design, which reduced machining time on each item by up to 30 hours, the article states.