February 23, 2017
UTRC celebrates engineering and scientific talent during Engineers Week (part 2)

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut - United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) celebrated its engineers this week by asking a few of them to explain what drives them...in their own words. UTRC is proud to recognize engineers during Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25.


Cecilia Tonelli
Principal Investigator, Methods and Processes Group, Advanced Laboratory on Embedded Systems (ALES)

How long have you been with the Research Center?
"I have been working for ALES (UTRC's office in Rome, Italy) as a contractor since October 2013. In that capacity, I was able to experience the ALES day-to-day reality and realize it offered everything I was seeking in terms of a professional work environment. I had the great honor of joining the ALES team in July 2015, just a few months before ALES became part of UTRC. I consider this one of the key turning points of my life."

Why did you choose to become an engineer?
"I have a mathematical background. I was able to apply that to automation engineering as part of my first job in the automotive sector where I had the chance to connect mathematics directly to real life problems. I think, as happens with mathematical theorem demonstrations, the long-lasting solutions to computer science and engineering problems are the most elegant and simple ones."

What are your responsibilities at UTRC?
"I am part of the Methods & Processes Group in ALES. I am the principal investigator of a project. Being constantly in touch with customers and their needs is key to being able to always deliver the best."

If you could change one thing in today's R&D world, what would it be -- and why?
"I think R&D always benefits from the sharing of ideas, methods and technologies. I like to see regular communication and engagement with other projects teams, groups and universities."


Michael Joly
Senior Research Engineer, Aerodynamics, Thermal & Fluid Sciences Department

Why did you choose to become an engineer?
"During a fluid dynamics seminar at the von Karman Institute in Belgium, I heard these words for the first time: 'Scientists discover what is; engineers create what has never been.' As I rushed to put Theodore von Karman's quote to paper, I knew my path was to be an engineer."

What are your responsibilities at UTRC?
"As a specialist in the aerodynamic design, analysis and optimization of turbomachinery. I'm also involved in collaborative efforts to leverage machine learning capabilities for robust design in cooperation with UTC's aerospace business units."

What is your greatest career passion?
"It's important for me to know that my work is tied to an idea of progress that ultimately improves the human condition. The disruptive products UTC introduces contribute to improving the quality of our life, from low global warming potential (low-GWP) refrigeration systems to robust and efficient aircraft engines."


Hector Moner Poy
Senior Research Engineer, Networks & Embedded Systems Department, UTRC Ireland

What are your responsibilities at UTRC?
"I am the principal investigator of an Internet-of-things business unit project that aims to design solutions for reliable, power efficient, interoperable and secure connected devices. I am also a technical contributor on another business project that focuses on power line communications, and have participated in some external resource development projects, as well."

Why did you choose to become an engineer?
"As a kid, I was amazed by the 'magic' of technology and I always wanted to disassemble gadgets to discover the magic 'tricks' behind them. I became an engineer to understand part of that magic and design my own 'magic tricks.'"

What is your greatest career passion?
"Innovation. I love identifying problems or opportunities and creating new, smart solutions that can be integrated into our day-to-day lives. This is challenging because it forces you out of your comfort zone and demands creative problem-solving skills."

How long have you been with the Research Center?
"I've been with UTRC for four-and-a-half years. Before joining UTRC, I worked for three years in industry, designing and implementing hardware and firmware for wireless irrigation systems. I also spent two years in academia researching vehicular ad hoc networks."

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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