Dr. John Cassidy, Senior Vice President for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), East Hartford, oversees responsibility for all of UTC’s research and engineering efforts, including expenditures of $1.3 billion annually. He is also Vice President and Director of United Technologies Research Center. Dr. Cassidy previously served as UTC’s Corporate Director of Technology Management. Prior to joining UTC, he held research management positions with General Electric and General Motors. Dr. Cassidy earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Through his commitment, vision and leadership, Dr. Cassidy has served the School in many diverse ways. He has been instrumental in helping forge strong alliances between the School of Engineering and UTC. His role in helping negotiate complicated contractual details between the academic environment and the industrial sector has been of incomparable value to the School of Engineering. His numerous presentations at the School have helped our students embrace lifelong learning and a commitment to excellence in their careers. For his outstanding support, the School of Engineering is honored to present Dr. Cassidy with a 2001 Distinguished Engineering Service Award.