May 25, 2016
UTRC scientists elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today announced the elections of Dr. Isaac Cohen, executive director, Research Operations, and Dr. Michael Francis, chief, Advanced Programs, and senior fellow, Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, 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. This brings the total number of current UTRC CASE members to 12.

The induction ceremony also recognized Pratt & Whitney's Michael McCune, design manager, Fan Drive Gear Systems.

Dr. David Parekh, corporate vice president, Research, and director, United Technologies Research Center, said, "This prestigious recognition affirms the quality of Isaac's and Mike's technical expertise, and underscores UTRC's commitment to world-class innovation and to advancing STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and math -- within the state of Connecticut."

Cohen provides oversight and leadership for UTRC's operational functions, including ACE/Quality, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), Facility Engineering and Operations, Design Engineering & Prototyping, Information Technology, and Supply Chain Management. He also serves as Director of UTRC Ireland and Director of UTRC China, and is responsible for overseeing the activities of UTRC's Senior Fellows to ensure the Research Center's continued emphasis on scientific excellence and technical mentorship.

Cohen joined UTRC in June 2010 after a distinguished career in industry and academia that included several years at Honeywell Labs and more than 15 years at the University of Southern California – Computer Science Department, and the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique, France.

A member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Cohen holds numerous patents (22 patent awards and applications), primarily in the areas of surveillance, biometrics and computer vision, and has more than 100 publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals to his credit. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Paris, France.

At UTRC, Francis is focused on guiding the development of advanced aerospace technologies, including autonomous and intelligent systems, including unmanned vehicles. He is also heavily involved in the professional development of the scientific and engineering staff in these areas. Francis also supports new initiative development and provides strategic planning guidance to United Technologies Corporation (UTC) businesses.

Francis holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado. An American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and distinguished lecturer, he is involved in many professional activities, serving on NASA's Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, as well as several university academic department advisory boards.

He has published more than 45 articles in aerospace and defense journals, books and periodicals, and has received numerous government, military and professional awards and honors throughout his career.

Prior to joining UTRC in 2009, Francis spent more than 40 years working in a diverse array of advanced aviation, space and defense positions and programs -- 27 of them with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) where he attained the rank of Colonel. Since retiring from the Air Force in 1997, he has served in a variety of executive and leadership positions in government, industry and research and development organizations.

He is best known for his role in leading several pioneering aviation programs, including the X-31 Enhanced Maneuverability Fighter, the Micro Air Vehicle, the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, and the DARPA-USAF-Navy Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) programs.

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.

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. UTRC subsidiaries also carry out research and development work 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.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

Photo credit: Andrew Bramante, CASE

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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