David Parekh
United Technologies Research Center (Retired)

Dr. David Parekh recently retired from United Technologies where he served as corporate vice president-research and director of United Technologies Research Center (UTRC).  Prior to joining UTRC in 2007, he 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.

He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.  He previously served on the board of the Connecticut Technology Council, the executive board of the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, and the advisory board of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. He was also a member of the National Research Council’s Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable and the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Department of Defense Energy Strategy. 

Dr. Parekh earned a PhD in mechanical engineering, MS degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.