March 12, 2015
UTRC Experimental Physicist Named Fellow, American Physical Society

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Joseph Mantese, Ph.D., research fellow, Physical Sciences at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), was inducted as a fellow into the American Physical Society (APS) at the annual APS conference in San Antonio, Texas, in early March.

"UTRC is a leader in technology and innovation and as such attracts the best talent in a variety of disciplines," Mantese said. "The APS conference and my status as a new fellow provide excellent opportunities to converse and interact with leading physicists from around the world, many of whom -- like myself -- work in industrial settings. My new role within the organization also provides a valuable opportunity to draw attention to the growing importance of industrial physics in today's technology-based society. This helps us guide the academic community relative to areas that are emerging and important to industry and to UTRC and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) while serving and supporting industrial physicists in terms of early career guidance, professional development and community building."

"At UTRC, Dr. Mantese works in fields relating to electronic materials, sensors and actuators," explained Jodi Vecchiarelli, director, UTRC Physical Sciences Department. "His induction as an APS fellow will enable him to stay connected with the external community more effectively, maintaining beneficial relationships and checking the pulse on state-of-the-art technological advancements. This will benefit the research he's conducting at UTRC, particularly in support of UTC Aerospace Systems and UTC Building and Industrial Systems, two UTC business units that utilize sensors -- particularly those used in microelectromechanical systems -- in many of their products."

Mantese holds dozens of patents, several relating to superconducting materials, coatings, electronic filters, ferroelectric-ferromagnetic composites and ferroic materials.

A Cornell-educated experimental physicist, Mantese began his career as a researcher at Delphi Research Laboratories, then the research arm of Delphi Automotive Systems, before joining UTRC in 2007 as a research fellow. In 2010, he received UTRC's Outstanding Achievement Award for his study of new ways to detect low hydrocarbons and gases that affect indoor air quality. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in experimental physics, both at Cornell University. He also completed the Executive Development Program at Cornell's Johnson Business School.

The American Physical Society was founded in 1899, at Columbia University, "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics." Today, APS is active in public and governmental affairs, and in the international physics community. In addition, the Society conducts extensive programs in education, public outreach and Media Resources. APS divisions and topical groups cover all areas of physics research, with more than 50,000 members.

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. Founded in 1929, UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, and leverages a global network of innovation through subsidiaries in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland, and an affiliate in Berkeley, California.

Contacts: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653; Stephanie Duvall, (860) 614-0783

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