November 6, 2014
United Technologies Research Center Senior Fellow Named to Power Electronics Advisory Board, Aalborg University
Will present at Aalborg University's November conference in Denmark

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Vladimir Blasko, senior fellow and a specialist in power electronics at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has been elected to the Center of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE) Advisory Board at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

In that capacity, Blasko will attend the board's Nov. 19-20 meetings in Aalborg. While at the University, he also will participate in the school's two-day annual European power electronics symposium.

"As a member of CORPE's advisory board, I will learn firsthand about past work, projects now underway and future plans related to power electronics," Blasko said. "I will be joined by two notable experts in this field, Leo Lorentz, Ph.D., and Thomas Neyer, Ph.D. Our mission will be to offer suggestions about impending and future CORPE programs, interact with university faculty, and exchange knowledge with other university and industry peers."

He added, "My advisory board membership will allow UTRC to analyze collaborative opportunities with related industry players and to suggest joint work on proposals for external funding and research. I'll also be positioned to meet and help recruit students for internships at our U.S. and Ireland facilities, and potentially identify outstanding talent for UTRC."

At the November symposium, which is attended by CORPE members and industry guests, Blasko will have the opportunity to discuss CORPE challenges and strategic directions. Additionally, he will address power electronics research projects currently under way at UTRC, specifically programs in Cork, Ireland, and East Hartford. He'll follow those discussions with a technical presentation entitled, "Thermal Management and Junction Temperature Control for Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) and the Lifetime of Power Converters." CORPE and fellow advisory board members will also present papers and speak on topics such as prognostics in avionics, packaging and reliability, and wind turbine design.

"The symposium serves as a forum to exchange ideas, cultivate relationships and more closely follow power electronic activities in Europe," Blasko observed. "Throughout our two days together -- and in my capacity as an advisory board member -- we will not only observe innovation and new research, we'll also have a chance to help guide it and mutually benefit from work being conducted by top research engineers and scientists. It's a great opportunity for UTRC, associated industries and Aalborg's engineering students and faculty."

CORPE is a strategic research center and member organization hosted by Aalborg University to align research efforts between industry and universities. Its overall goal is to produce cheaper, more reliable electronic devices, which will accelerate the transition to sustainable energy sources.

The organization focuses on two major technology areas that play significant roles in solving future energy challenges:

  • To change electrical power production sources from conventional, fossil-based (and short-term) sources to renewable power resources.
  • To apply high-efficiency and sustainable power electronics to power generation, power transmission/distribution and end-user applications -- particularly transportation systems.

Aalborg University, with campuses in Aalborg and Esbjerg, Denmark, specializes in basic and applied research, and is one of Europe's leading universities in the field of power electronics. The school is widely recognized for its international teaching staff and global research collaborations.

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. UTRC also partners with UTC business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace. Celebrating its 85th year, UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with research and development subsidiaries in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland and an affiliate in Berkeley, California.

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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