By Amanda Song
The Materials Science and Engineering Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Sonia Tulyani as the newest member of the External Advisory Board. She joins ten other industry partners in working to strengthen the visibility of the UConn MSE Department at the university, state, and national level, and to assist with strategic planning.
As the new Senior Director for Collins Aerospace, Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Tulyani plans to expand materials innovation by developing a network of experts and increasing communication across UTC’s many business units. Collins Aerospace is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products, designing, manufacturing and servicing integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries.
For over 15 years, Dr. Tulyani has led materials innovation in various roles at United Technologies. With a background in high temperature materials and coatings and experience working in experimental and simulation settings, Dr. Tulyani has worked on the development of coatings, catalysts, lubricants and gearboxes for UTC’s business units. She has earned five US patents and two Outstanding Achievement Awards, the highest awards granted by United Technologies Research Center (UTRC).
Driven by a desire for learning about new products and how to improve their performance with materials engineering, Dr. Tulyani earned her B.S. in chemical engineering at MIT, her M.S. in chemical engineering at Princeton University, and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
MSE Department Head Bryan Huey is especially pleased to welcome Sonia as the newest member of the board.
“She has already been very supportive of our department, and her insight into the needs of local industry are invaluable as we in MSE continually improve our educational and research program,” Huey said.
Dr. Tulyani will replace Dr. Venkat Vedula, Executive Director, Additive Manufacturing, UTC, who served on the board for five years.