CORK, Ireland -- United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), announced today the expansion of its Ireland facility, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited, to include aerospace research in cyber-physical systems. The Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace will include scientists and engineers in electronics, diagnostics and data analytics, controls, aircraft systems engineering and embedded systems.
The investment is made with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.
"United Technologies Research Centre Ireland has flourished in the past five years, providing ground-breaking research focused on United Technologies Corp. business units in the building and industrial sector, leveraging innovations inspired by European research trends," said David Parekh, vice president, Research, and director, UTRC. "The opportunity to grow with the IDA's support will benefit both UTRC and the bright minds that will soon be joining the team here in Ireland."
Speaking at United Technologies Research Centre Ireland's announcement to mark the official opening of its new Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace, Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Food, Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney TD, said, "I am delighted to welcome this expansion by UTRC into aerospace research. The choice of Cork for this activity is a clear demonstration of Ireland's ability to provide a highly skilled workforce for this type of activity. An exceptional level of collaboration between industry, academia, state agencies and regulatory authorities drives Ireland's dynamic RDI sector. This is supported by a highly pro-business government policy."
Welcoming the announcement, Martin Shanahan, chief executive officer, IDA Ireland, said, "UTRC's research into aerospace is strategically aligned with Ireland's ambitious research agenda. Unprecedented levels of investment in science and technology has created a vibrant research community in Ireland. UTRC's expansion of its research facility in Cork further strengthens IDA Ireland's ability to attract world-class research projects to Ireland."
The support from the Irish government reflects the strategy behind the European Union's five-year Horizon 2020 program: an 80 billion euro European Union (EU) Research and Innovation program driving economic growth and research breakthroughs in Europe. Horizon 2020 Ireland-specific initiatives offer numerous opportunities for research-based companies such as UTRC.
About United Technologies Research Centre Ireland
Located in Cork, Ireland, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited was founded in 2010 as the European research hub of UTRC. Currently, the research facility employs more than 40 researchers and scientists focused on advancing United Technologies Corp. capabilities in building and industrial systems through research and development of underlying technical fields. The new addition of a Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace will equip United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited to lead cutting-edge advancements in aircraft embedded systems.
About United Technologies Research Center
Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center has contributed to the creation of some of the world's most significant scientific advances in aerospace and building systems. Among them are such innovations as vectored thrust control, high-power industrial lasers and computational modeling of airfoils. UTRC, which has won multiple R&D 100 awards for innovation excellence, is often recognized by industry leaders for its game-changing technologies.
UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland.
About United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the global building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the company's website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
About IDA Ireland
IDA Ireland is Ireland's inward investment promotion agency. It is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. IDA Ireland partners with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.
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