Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems at Syracuse University (SyracuseCoE) is proud to announce the appointment of Yu Chen and Scott MacBain from Carrier Corporation as the new co-chairs of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partner Council (IPC). In their active leadership roles, Chen and MacBain will play a key role in advancing the mission of SyracuseCoE, a pioneering research and innovation center dedicated to fostering academic and industrial collaboration for sustainable development and economic growth in indoor and urban environmental quality, clean and renewable energy, and water resources. Their expertise and vision will be instrumental in advancing SyracuseCoE’s collaborative initiatives.

Yu Chen is Executive Director of Engineering for Advanced Technology at Carrier Corporation and is responsible for the company’s centralized technology groups globally. She has held various leadership positions in research and development, engineering, and product management at Carrier Corporation, a global leader in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and solutions. She holds an MBA from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, and a Master of Science in digital signal processing in geophysics from Northwestern University in China. Ms. Chen has been awarded 16 patents in her fields of expertise.

Scott MacBain is Director, Global Compression & Motors / Aero-Acoustics & Vibration Engineering at Carrier Corporation and responsible for the development of compression, air management, and sound & vibration technologies for Carrier products worldwide. He has over 28 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As co-chairs of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council, Chen and MacBain will provide strategic guidance and support to SyracuseCoE’s mission of advancing sustainable technology and practices through collaborative research, education, and outreach. The Industry Partners Council is a select group of industry leaders and experts who advise SyracuseCoE on emerging trends, technologies, and market opportunities, and help connect SyracuseCoE’s academic and research expertise with industry needs and challenges.

“We are thrilled to welcome Yu Chen and Scott MacBain as the new co-chairs of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council,” says  Jianshun “Jensen” Zhang, SyracuseCoE executive director and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University. “Their extensive knowledge, experience, and passion for sustainability and innovation make them ideal leaders to help guide SyracuseCoE’s efforts in addressing pressing environmental and energy challenges facing our region, nation and the world.”

“I am honored to serve as co-chair of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council,” says Chen. “I look forward to working with Scott and the rest of the council members to promote the development and adoption of clean and sustainable energy technologies that will benefit our community, human health and wellbeing, and the planet.”

“Carrier is committed to advancing sustainable solutions that improve indoor environmental quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says MacBain. “I am excited to collaborate with SyracuseCoE and its partners to drive innovation, education, and economic development in Central New York and beyond.”

Syracuse University and SyracuseCoE remain very grateful for the leadership of Neil Webb, Director of Growth & Strategy Americas for Ramboll, for his service as chair of the SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council over the past several years. “We look forward to his continued participation and guidance, as well as partnership with Ramboll, a global engineering, architecture and consultancy company with leading capabilities in developing net-zero energy buildings, reducing carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy,” says Jensen Zhang.

About SyracuseCoE: SyracuseCoE is a research and innovation center supported by Syracuse University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and SUNY Oswego, together with a network of over 200 industry, government, and academic partners. SyracuseCoE’s mission is to catalyze sustainable growth in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, and water resources through collaborative research, education, and outreach.