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UM gets major rotorcraft endowment

The University of Maryland announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., of Stratford, Conn., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged $1 million to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UM’s A. James Clark School of Engineering.

The endowed professorship is intended to support enhanced research specialization in areas related to rotorcraft, such as autonomous flight operations, flight control and system identification, aeromechanics, composite structures and computer-aided manufacturing.

The endowment is part of an ongoing effort between Sikorsky and the Clark School to enhance UM’s robust rotorcraft program.

Prior to the latest gift, Sikorsky had donated nearly $400,000 to support programs for Clark School students.