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WASHINGTON – On Friday, May 25, 2012, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, where he will tour the company’s advanced manufacturing lab. Secretary Chu will highlight the economic opportunities in the clean energy economy as well as advanced manufacturing’s potential to save American companies time and money while supporting efficient innovative product engineering and development.

Following his tour, Secretary Chu will speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Commencement Colloquy. On Saturday, May 26, Secretary Chu will participate in the university’s commencement ceremonies as an honorary degree recipient.

Tour of GE Global Research

WHEN:           Friday, May 25, 2012

11:45 AM ET

*Media availability to follow*

WHERE: GE Global Research

Niskayuna, NY 12309

WHO: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Congressman Paul Tonko, 21st District of New York

 Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE

 Vic Abate, Vice President, Renewables, GE Energy

RSVP:            Todd Alhart at (518) 387-7914

NOTE: Media credentials and a driver’s license or other valid government picture ID will be required to attend. Media can register at the Visitor’s Center, located just to the right before the Main Gate and entrance to the facility.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Commencement Colloquy

WHEN:           Friday, May 25, 2012

3:30 PM ET

WHERE:         Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

RSVP:             Mark Marchand at (518) 276-6098 or