July 11, 2016

United Technologies Research Center team honored with ASHRAE Research Journal Best Paper of the Year Award

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Five scientists from United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), were recently honored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for authoring the best Science and Technology for the Built Environment (STBE) technical paper published last year in the ASHRAE Research Journal.

The UTRC team -- which included principal investigator Sorin Bengea; Pengfei Li, staff research engineer, Thermo-Fluid Dynamics; Veronica Adetola, staff research engineer, Control Systems; Keunmo Kang, staff research engineer, Control Systems; Teems Lovett, principal research engineer, Embedded Systems and Networks; and Francesco Leonardi, staff research engineer, Embedded Intelligence -- was recognized for its accomplishment Tuesday, June 28, during the ASHRAE annual conference in St. Louis.

"The ASHRAE award is the result of a very successful cross-functional team effort within the Research Center. The team conducted some really interesting novel work and documented that demonstration in a high-quality technical paper in an important industry publication," noted Craig Walker, senior director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security Program Office, UTRC. "Together and apart, these achievements deserve the accolades of industry experts."

The team's paper, titled, "Fault-Tolerant Optimal Control of a Building Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System," appeared in the publication's March 2015 issue. It was one of 117 papers published in the ASHRAE Research Journal during calendar 2015 and was selected for top honors by a judging panel of editors and ASHRAE officials in early 2016.

"This is a great achievement for our team and highly deserved," said Andrew Sparks, manager, Control Systems, UTRC Systems department. "Everyone worked hard to ensure the paper met the stringent publication requirements set by ASHRAE and the result of their efforts is evidenced through the 2015 Best Paper Award. I congratulate each contributor on a job well done."

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. Further, UTRC leads the monetization of UTC's intellectual property through business model innovation. 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.

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