Dr. David Parekh is vice president (research) and director of United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). He 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, the executive board of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, 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 Department of Defense (DOD) Energy Strategy. Dr. Parekh earned a PhD in mechanical engineering, master’s degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.