This award recognizes a corporation that has demonstrated extraordinary generosity in promotion and support of The Pennsylvania State University. Recipients are chosen on the basis of consistency of giving, support to areas of greatest need, and impact across Penn State.
2014 Corporate Partner of the Year – United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a global leader in aerospace and building systems technologies, has built a vibrant partnership with Penn State that reflects the University’s comprehensive nature and leverages its enormous value to technology-driven industries. In 2008, Pratt & Whitney, a UTC company, enhanced its longstanding research relationship with Penn State by establishing a Center of Excellence, which sponsors research into such areas as gas turbine engines, acoustics, and advanced materials. From there, the UTC/Penn State partnership has expanded dramatically to impact student programs, facilities, and outreach efforts, while continuing to grow the research component. Since 1990, Pratt & Whitney and UTC have sponsored more than $14.6 million in research across the University, including projects at the Applied Research Laboratory and the Materials Research Institute and in the Departments of Architectural, Aerospace, Industrial and Manufacturing, and Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. UTC has also provided generous philanthropic support to the Engineering Ambassadors in the College of Engineering, an award-winning professional development and outreach program in which Penn State students make presentations to middle and high school students, introducing and generating excitement for the engineering field. UTC has been a strategic partner on the $129 million Energy HUB at the Philadelphia Navy Shipyard. And in 2013, Pratt & Whitney made a major investment—over $2.75 million given to date—to create the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) laboratory, the country’s most advanced turbine testing facility. Recognizing that Penn State’s greatest offerings are its students, UTC also maintains a robust recruiting presence here. Through this comprehensive and growing partnership, UTC and Penn State are fostering innovation and helping to shape the future of technology.
Corporate Partners of the Year, 2004 – 2013
- 2013 - General Electric
- 2012 - Chevron
- 2011 - Toshiba/Westinghouse
- 2010 - The Dow Chemical Company
- 2009 - Boeing Company
- 2008 - HighMark Inc.
- 2007 - PNC Financial Services
- 2006 - Barnes & Noble, Inc.
- 2005 - Lockheed Martin Corp.
- 2004 - Bank of America Corporation