EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 28, 2014 – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), this month is celebrating its 85th anniversary of developing innovative and successful products for one of the world’s leading technology companies.
UTRC's engineering advances have resulted in breakthrough technologies in aviation, energy, propulsion, heating and cooling, laser development, advanced manufacturing, computer-aided analysis and more. Many stand as industry firsts, including the world’s first commercially viable flow battery energy storage system; the revolutionary flat, polyurethane-coated steel belt and regenerative drive for the Otis Gen 2® elevator with ReGen™ drive; and the first active vibration control software that was a key enabler for Sikorsky’s high-performance helicopters, including an advanced version of the Black Hawk, the S-92® helicopter, and the high-speed X2 Technology™ demonstrator which led to the S-97 Raider™ prototype helicopter.
During the last two years, R&D Magazine has recognized three UTRC inventions with R&D 100 awards for being among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced that year.
“Throughout its history, UTRC has focused on attracting the most curious scientific and engineering talent from around the globe to define new frontiers, co-develop new technologies, solve tough problems and serve as a hub for technical interchange,” said Dr. David Parekh, vice president, Research, and director, United Technologies Research Center. “As we celebrate 85 years of being the innovation engine for UTC, we look forward to writing our next chapter as technology pioneers who continue to transform entire industries and deliver exceptional value to our customers.”
Founded in 1929 as United Aircraft & Transportation Corporation’s Research Division, UTRC has evolved from an initial research staff of three engineers and two stenographers into one of the world’s leading corporate research and development facilities. Today, UTRC leverages a global network of innovation through four locations -- East Hartford, Connecticut, its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China and Cork, Ireland -- and these entities employ approximately 600 worldwide who represent more than 40 countries. Of these, 400-plus are technical employees, 76 percent of whom hold Ph.D.s from the world’s finest universities.
Past UTRC leaders whose creative thinking paved the way to the Research Center’s current stance as a global center of excellence include aviation inventor Frederick Rentschler; George J. Mead, aircraft engineer and co-founder of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft; and Frank Caldwell, who accepted the Collier Trophy (an annual award from the U.S. National Aeronautic Association for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America) from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933.
United Technologies Research Center delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corp. -- industry leaders in high technology products and services for the building and aerospace industries -- to improve the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes. Celebrating 85 years of innovation, UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, and has research and development subsidiaries established in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland. UTRC's affiliate, United Technologies Research Center, Inc., has a research facility in Berkeley, California.