October 5, 2017
UTRC's Power Electronics Group proves deep domain expertise with 10th-annual international workshop

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut -- United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), a division of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), recently set a company precedent, hosting its 10th-annual Power Electronics Workshop for UTC engineers at its East Hartford, Connecticut, headquarters.

The two-day event welcomed more than 40 colleagues from across the corporation, and offered a full agenda of compelling poster sessions, lab tours and demonstrations, presentations and plenary sessions -- the latter headlined by guest speakers from academia and government agencies.

The speakers included Professor Fred Wang from the University of Tennessee, who addressed high-temperature and high-density power electronics; and Dr. Victor Veliadis, Chief Technology Officer and Interim Deputy Director, Power America, who spoke to the topic of "Addressing gaps in technology to enable large volume wide bandgap manufacturing."

"UTC employees from Ireland and Great Britain attended, thereby bringing together experts from within the power electronics space in a forum designed to facilitate technology exchange enterprise wide," indicated Vlado Blasko, UTRC Senior Fellow, Power Electronics. The event was organized by UTRC's Power Electronics team and hosted by Blasko and Zak Sorchini, Senior Manager, UTRC Power Electronics.

"The entire team was fully and enthusiastically engaged, and ensured the event's success through highly technical and creative contributions," Sorchini said.

"This is the only such event within UTC to be hosted yearly, without interruption, for a decade," said Blasko. "Our first event, in 2008, was one day only. We have since expanded to two days, with day one featuring UTRC internal discussions and day two distinguished visitors from universities and the government. We are very proud of the consistency and resiliency this achievement represents."

He added, "We have a deep commitment to advancing the state of the art within the power electronics sector, and this workshop demonstrates that dedication...while enabling conversations that ultimately move UTC -- and the industry as whole -- forward. Internal and external engagement is crucial to growing our business, which is already very successful. We have strong relationships with ARPA-E, NASA, the U.S. Air Force and universities within the U.S. and Europe. And we credit this workshop with laying the foundation for our accomplishments to date."

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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