Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, will will be one of the commencement speakers at the University of New Haven’s winter graduation on Jan. 19.
The Stratford-based subsidiary of United Technologies has become the world’s largest helicopter maker and holds several lucrative U.S. Department of Defense contracts for the Army, Navy and Marines. It is actively seeking an Air Force contract for 112 aircraft to be used for search and rescue.
While Sikorsky is a Connecticut institution, the company has expanded globally in the last decade, opening up joint ventures in Asia, Europe and South America. It has operations in Poland and several other U.S. states as well.
Maurer took the helm of Sikorsky in July of 2012. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has worked at Sikorsky since 2000 in a variety of executive positions.
UNH will bestow an honorary doctorate in engineering upon Maurer, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Naval Academy, a master’s in electrical engineering from John’s Hopkins and an MBA from Stanford University.