2014 Graduation Ceremony Information

Master's Ceremony Keynote Speaker: Dr. David E. Parekh

David E. ParekhDr. David E. Parekh is Vice President, Research, and Director, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), where he provides global leadership for United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) central research organization.  UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with research facilities also in California, Ireland, and China.  Working closely with UTC’s business units, the research center delivers the innovative technologies that help assure UTC’s competitive advantage in the market.

Prior to joining UTRC in 2007, Parekh was Deputy Director of Georgia Tech Research Institute and Associate Vice Provost for Research at the university.  Early in his career, he led various advanced research programs at Boeing Phantom Works and McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories.

Parekh is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.  He serves on the board of the Connecticut Technology Council and the advisory board of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering.  He is a member of the National Research Council’s Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable and previously served on the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on DoD Energy Strategy.

He earned a Doctorate in mechanical engineering and Master's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Stanford University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.