United Technologies Corporation (UTC) recognized the strategic importance of power electronics technology and created a central team at the corporate research center (UTRC) in 2007. The charter of the team has been to understand the advances in technology and to establish technology roadmaps aligned with the business unit products. UTC products cover a wide range of industrial and aerospace applications in both the commercial and military spaces. This presentation will introduce UTC and UTRC, and discuss the impact of power electronics technology along with highlights of past, present and future research activities.
Zak Sorchini was born in Mexico City, Mexico. In 1996, the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) awarded him an Excellence Scholarship, which he held until 2000 when he completed a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, graduating with highest honors. He received the National Engineering Award from the National Association of Engineering Faculties and Schools (ANFEI) of Mexico in 2001. That same year he started graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a research and teaching assistant for the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Mr. Sorchini started his professional career at Delphi Automotive developing hybrid vehicle technology. He then joined Caterpillar Inc. where he worked on motors and generators for electric traction applications. In 2011, he joined GE Aviation Systems as power conversion manager for the electric systems business unit, where he later held the role of advanced technology leader. He has been with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) since 2015, first as a staff engineer under the aerospace business unit (UTAS) and currently as power electronics group leader at the corporate research center (UTRC). Mr. Sorchini holds one U.S. patent.