SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Carrier Corp. pledged $1.5 million to the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems to create a world-class laboratory to study the effects of indoor air quality (IAQ).

Dr. Greg Powers, Carrier's vice president of engineering, was joined by U.S. Rep. James T. Walsh and Syracuse University chancellor Nancy Cantor in making the announcement before 200 attendees at the annual symposium sponsored by the Center of Excellence. "Innovation is center to Carrier's DNA, and Syracuse is center to Carrier's innovation," said Powers. "That's why we are so pleased to support the creation of this new facility."

"The creation of a new indoor environmental quality laboratory is important to our goal of making central New York a worldwide leader in the development of environmental and energy technologies," said N.Y. Gov. George Pataki.

"Together with our private sector and academic partners, our Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems has attracted public and private investment that will not only transform the region's economy, but yield innovative inventions that improve the natural living environment of all New Yorkers and people around the world."

In May 2004, Carrier designated its operations in Syracuse as a global lead research, development, and design center to support its worldwide application of air conditioning and refrigeration products. "Carrier's campus in Syracuse is, today, our largest design center in the world, including about 300 employees applying the latest technologies to products that serve the global marketplace," said Powers. He added that the center provides outstanding collaboration opportunities for Carrier's ongoing engineering work, which will be enhanced with the creation of the new lab.

Carrier's grant will also establish a doctoral fellowship at Syracuse University to advance the study of indoor environmental quality. The grant will be made over a five-year period, subject to renewal each year.

Publication date: 11/14/2005