EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today announced the elections of Research Fellow, Dr. Tahany El-Wardany, and Sikorsky Program Leader, Dr. Andrzej Banaszuk, into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). Both were inducted last evening during a celebratory dinner hosted by CASE, placing them among Connecticut's leading experts in engineering, science and technology.
Dr. David Parekh, vice president, Research, and director, United Technologies Research Center, said, "This prestigious recognition affirms the quality of Tahany's and Andrzej's technical expertise, and serves to underscore UTRC's commitment to world-class innovation and to advancing STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and math -- within the state of Connecticut."
Banaszuk holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has co-authored 44 journal papers, 71 conference papers and nine patents. Among other honors, his work on active and passive control of flow instabilities in jet engines was recognized by IEEE Control Systems Society and received the organization's 2008 Control Systems Technology Award.
During his 17-year career at UTRC, Banaszuk has held several leadership positions, including group leader for Controls Technology in the Systems Department, project leader within the Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand program offices, and Fellow within the Systems Department -- all prior to his current role as Sikorsky Program Leader.
El-Wardany joined the Research Center in 1997 after a distinguished career in academia as an associate professor of production engineering at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and later as an adjunct professor and research manager of the Machining Systems Laboratory at McMaster University, Canada.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England, and is an active researcher with more than 100 published articles and papers to her credit. Additionally, she has earned eight patents and 25 patent applications related to manufacturing sciences.
In 2011, El-Wardany was selected from more than 170 candidates as a finalist for the Connecticut Technology Council's Women of Innovation award. She also mentors younger staff within UTC and has served as a thesis advisor to more than 15 master's and Ph.D. candidates at four universities.
The induction ceremony also recognized Dr. Jayant Sabnis, vice president, Engineering – Module Centers, Pratt & Whitney, a former UTRC employee.
CASE and its membership of distinguished scientists and engineers provide information and advice regarding science and technology to the government, industry and people of Connecticut, while encouraging an interest in science, engineering and technology among young people.
United Technologies Research Center delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to improve the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes. UTRC also engages 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 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.
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