In 2013, UConn founded the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering (UTC-IASE) with financial support from the United Technologies Corporation. UTC's initial pledge of $10 million, spanning five years, helps the Institute to reach its goals on both short- and long-term bases:
Establish several educational programs, including certificate programs and a Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Systems Engineering (SE)
Conduct a series of competitively selected research projects with a funding goal of $500,000 per year (total), to be conducted by UConn research scientists and students in collaboration with UTC
Create UTC-IASE fellowships to attract highly qualified students and to enhance research activities
Establish industry outreach activities; including a seminar series, a distinguished lecture program, and an international conference; with the objective of hosting internationally renowned scholars to engage a broad community of scientist and engineers within UTC, UConn, and beyond.