EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney has established an aviation research center at the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering to support the design and development of more efficient gas turbine engines.
The university's primary focus will be research in advanced sensors, diagnostics and controls for use in commercial and military aircraft propulsion systems.
The arrangement continues a long-term partnership between Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and the university's School of Engineering. For example, a Pratt & Whitney-endowed chair at the engineering school leads research projects for the East Hartford company's manufacturing operations.
Pratt & Whitney has invested in UConn, but does not release details on how much, said Jeff Jurgensmier, a spokesman for the company.