The UTC Foundation’s Mission is to sponsor educational incentives and programs to attract, retain and support top technology and telecommunications talent to foster the future workforce in critical infrastructure industries. Our Vision for the future is an abundance of skilled and passionate talent transforming critical infrastructure industries through technology.
The UTC Foundation (UTCF) was formed to help solve the workforce challenge facing utilities and critical infrastructure technology providers. In the U.S. particularly, infrastructure is in great need of upgrades and building more interconnectivity. In the near future, the pipeline of talent for this effort will need to grow out of our educational systems. UTCF sees this as a great opportunity for strengthening the relations between the educational systems and the utilities needing the labor and leaders. With an aging workforce and technology advancements across smart systems, utilities today need to work closely with educational sources to grow the talent needed to fill job openings yet to come.
The UTC Foundation’s programs will support and promote the education and applied research opportunities to students with utility- and critical infrastructure-related interests. Our industry/education partnerships will unite students, faculty and industrial partners to collaborate on interdisciplinary research and learning.
Formed in response to the need from industry to supply highly trained engineers qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry, UTCF wants to enhance the available technical and business workforce, advance telecom and technology, and facilitate strategic industry-university collaboration.
Led by a board of directors that oversees the Foundation’s strategy and helps build industry relations, the UTCF team is working with the universities to align curriculum to industry needs, assist in student projects and identify research topics.