September 19, 2016
Jacobson named recipient of Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate award

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Dr. Clas Jacobson, senior fellow, systems engineering, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), has been named a 2016 recipient of the Semiconductor Research Corporation's (SRC) Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate award.

The award is presented annually to individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment and effectiveness in facilitating university research, mentoring graduate students, and disseminating knowledge and research results to industry.

Jacobson was nominated for this award by faculty from the University of California, Berkley and University of Pennsylvania to recognize his liaison efforts on their behalf with SRC's TerraSwarm Research Center.

TerraSwarm, which addresses the potential integration of smart networked sensors and actuators, is funded by the STARnet phase of the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP). STARnet is a collaborative network of stellar research centers finding paths around the fundamental physical limits threatening the long-term growth of the microelectronics industry.

As explained by Jacobson, FCRP is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program that targets long-range research in microelectronics. The focus is on long term (10+ years) at the university level designed to attract graduate students to this discipline and to build a strong U.S. foundation in research relevant to the defense industry.

United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has interacted with the FCRP program since 2004 and formally joined in 2008, serving in a variety of roles: directing research, mentoring graduate students, and identifying areas of technology transition from universities to UTC.

It was Jacobson's tenure with the program and his mentoring of graduate students that prompted his nomination for the 2016 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate award.

"We applaud Clas for the excellent work he performed to warrant this highly deserved recognition," said Isaac Cohen, executive director, research operations, UTRC. "Recipients of the award are viewed as outstanding mentors who provide a wealth of knowledge and guidance to students and aim to assist in the advancement of the SRC research program. That certainly describes Clas' achievements."

At UTRC, Jacobson focuses on systems engineering, which includes work on new product development, verification and acceptance testing, root cause identification and mitigation, and manufacturing and quality to solve business problems and drive sustained organizational change on behalf of UTC’s aerospace and building portfolios.

He received his Ph.D. and master's degrees in electrical engineering, as well as a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

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.

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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