AACHEN, Germany – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), recently announced its continuing support of RWTH Aachen University undergraduate and master's degree engineering students with $25,000 in scholarship funds for the 2015-2016 academic year. This gift brings the total scholarship/fellowship funding provided by UTRC to RWTH Aachen since 2012 to $325,000.
As a result of UTRC's 2015 gift, together with those provided by other RWTH Aachen funding partners, 589 students received individual academic scholarships at the university's annual scholarship dinner, held Friday, Nov. 20, in the Coronation Hall of Aachen City Hall.
Dr. Isaac Cohen, director, Systems, UTRC, presented certificates to 10 students whose scholarships were funded solely by UTRC. This brings the total number of students benefiting from UTRC's gifts to 91, including 41 recipients of the master's degree fellowship established by UTRC in 2012.
UTRC's annual donations, awarded to students on the basis of academic performance and social commitment, are intended to support the university's Education Fund stipends while "establishing a growing pool of young fellowship talent at RWTH in the fields of power electronics and integrated production manufacturing," said Cohen.
This year's gift will allow scholarship recipients to pursue undergraduate and advanced degrees in power electronics, according to RWTH rector, Ernst Schmachtenberg.
"One cannot just speak about the future; one must also assume responsibility for it," said Schmachtenberg. "UTRC is a glowing example of this. I'd like to thank UTRC for its generous involvement and support, and its confidence in us."
"RWTH Aachen is one of Europe's leading scientific and research institutions," Cohen noted. "Many new products and processes have originated within the university's research laboratories and testing facilities. This capability for developing breakthrough concepts aligns well with UTRC's legacy of game-changing research and innovation."
He added, "We are pleased to support the university's engineering student population in pursuing its collective goal of academic and research excellence."
As the innovation hub of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland. UTC, based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.
About RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen or Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen is a research university of technology located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With more than 42,000 students enrolled in 144 study programs, it is the largest technical university in Germany. National rankings identify RWTH Aachen as the best university in Germany in the fields of engineering (particularly mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering), as well as among the top three in computer science, physics, chemistry, and medicine.
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