United Technologies CEO To Be Engineering Dean's Lecturer at Yale
George David, chairman and chief executive officer at United Technologies Corp., will be the next Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering. His talk, titled “UTC Positioned for the Next Millennium,” will be presented Thursday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Davies Auditorium at Becton Engineering Center, 15 Prospect St.. Free and open to the public, the talk will be followed by a reception in the adjacent Becton Faculty Lounge.
David, who is particularly interested in the interface between technology and management, also will formally present a $450,000 UTC grant that will provide support for the development of the new Select Program in Engineering. Reflecting David’s interest in management, Yale also offers an Information Technology course, taught by a member of the engineering faculty to Yale School of Management students; a Management Sciences course for engineering students, taught by a School of Management professor; a new graduate level SynThesis course in engineering, titled “Product Design and Business Development for Entrepreneurial Teams”; and a new Management of Technology seminar series taught by visiting executives.
David was elected chief executive officer of United Technologies in 1994 and chairman in 1997. He had previously been elected president and chief operating officer of the corporation in 1992. David joined Otis Elevator Co. in 1975, just prior to the merger of Otis into United Technologies. After heading up Latin American and later North American operations, he became Otis’s president in 1986. He subsequently led UTC’s Carrier and UT Automotive subsidiaries before being elected the corporation’s president.
David received his B.A. degree from Harvard and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Virginia. He is chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He also is a board member of the Institute for International Economics in Washington and a charter member of the Consultative Council on Foreign Investment in Russia, an advisory body to former Prime Minister Chernomyrdin.
He is president of the board of trustees of the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Business and incoming board president of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, America’s oldest public art museum. David has led the United Way fund raising drive in Hartford and is a former Governor of the American Red Cross.
United Technologies ranks 21st in size among U.S. manufacturing firms and is the parent company of Pratt & Whitney, Carrier Corp., Otis Elevator Co., Sikorsky Aircraft, Hamilton Standard, and UT Automotive.