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Sikorsky and United Technologies to Fund University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering Endowment

May 23, 2014

The University of Maryland announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged one million dollars to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD'sJames Clark School of Engineering.

In a release, the Company noted that the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft will be part of UMD'sDepartment of Aerospace Engineering and is intended to support enhanced research specialization in areas related to rotorcraft such as: autonomous flight operations, flight control and system identification, aeromechanics, composite structures and computer aided manufacturing.

Sikorsky's donation is aimed at expanding UMD's rotorcraft education and curriculum, research programs and intellectual capital to be a continuous source for the best rotorcraft engineers in the world. The endowment is part of an ongoing effort between Sikorsky and the Clark School to enhance UMD's rotorcraft program, and provides for continued support for developing technology for future helicopters, and the next generation of rotorcraft engineers.

"We are very grateful to Sikorsky and UTC for this generous investment in the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center and our aerospace engineering program," said Clark School of Engineering Dean and Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Darryll Pines. "Our partnership with Sikorsky has been a tremendously successful one, advancing innovation in rotorcraft education, research and technology development through our shared commitment to excellence."

Sikorsky is a committed Corporate Partner of UMD'sClark School of Engineering. Since 2011, the company has donated nearly $400,000 to support programs for Clark School students, such as scholarships, fellowships and the Sikorsky Aircraft Colloquium Series in Aerospace Engineering. To date, 42 Sikorsky awards have been made to UMD students.

"Sikorsky has seen a direct benefit from many of the best and brightest alumni of the University of Maryland who now are exceptional engineers and senior leaders at our company. As Sikorsky continues its leading role in redefining the future of vertical flight, what better way to extend the legacy of our founder than by supporting this professorship so that future innovators may join the broader mission of rotorcraft engineering," said Mark Miller, Sikorsky Vice President of Research and Engineering.

The Clark School is home to a program in helicopter engineering.

A new senior faculty member will be hired to fill the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft.

The University of Maryland'sJames Clark School of Engineering is located a few miles from Washington, D.C.

Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies.

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