EAST HARTFORD, Conn., July 29, 2008 - United Technologies Research Center, the innovation engine of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), today hosted a seminar, "The World's Energy Problem and What We Can Do About It," by Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Dr. Chu's presentation addressed the challenges inherent to climate change, a review of the technological opportunities available to improve current course, and how the National Laboratory is engaged in research targeting energy and sustainability.
Dr. Chu is an experimental physicist best known for his research in laser cooling and trapping of atoms, where his work earned the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. He currently serves as Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Dr. Chu received his bachelor's degree in 1970 from the University of Rochester, and his doctorate from University of California, Berkeley, in 1976. He remained at Berkeley as a post-doctorate for two years before joining Bell Labs, where he and several co-workers carried out his Nobel-winning laser cooling work. He left Bell Labs and became a professor of Physics at Stanford University in 1987 and has served as the chair of the Physics Department at Stanford from 1990-1993 and 1999-2001. He was appointed as the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2004.
Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center provides advanced technologies, innovative thinking and disciplined research for industry leading customers in aerospace propulsion, building infrastructure and services, heating and air conditioning, fire and security systems and power generation. UTRC's customers include all UTC business units, as well as government agencies and independent organizations. Among its key research goals are sustainable technologies that positively impact the marketplace while conserving resources. UTRC is based in East Hartford, Conn., and operates an office in Shanghai, China.