A visit to Hartford
On 2 – 7 November, 2014, Antoni Niepokólczycki, Director of the Materials and Structures Research Center, together with Michał Szmidt and Wojciech Manaj, Heads of the MSRC’s two subdivisions, participated in several meetings with UTC firms in Hartford, US.
The most important meetings were with the teams of Pratt & Whitney that have been cooperating with the MSRC for many years. These meetings led to defining and planning a number of activities aimed at intensifying of the cooperation. During the meeting with the management of the P&W an amendment to the existing agreement between the UTC and the Institute of Aviation has been signed to extend the cooperation until December 31, 2016.
Representatives of the MSRC also met engineers and scientists from the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and researchers from the laboratories of the University of Connecticut who are working for P&W. The purpose of these meetings was to consider the possibility of joint R&D projects for the UTC and, consequently, lifting the cooperation onto a higher technological level and extending the MSRC offer.
The key meeting was the P&W Engineering Supplier Summit. During this event, all aspects of cooperation between P&W and its suppliers were discussed.