Pratt & Whitney Honors Five Engineers as Distinguished Engineers of the Year

Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:49pm EST

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn.,  Feb. 26, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney and the 
Hartford  chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) honored
five Distinguished Engineers of the Year at the annual awards dinner in 
Manchester, Conn.  during National Engineers Week from  Feb. 17  through to 
Feb. 23. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

These awards are an opportunity to recognize and promote excellence in the field
of Engineering.  These recipients are testimony to the value and dedication our
innovative engineering delivers to our customers.

"It gives me great pleasure to present these awards and acknowledge the
outstanding contributions these engineers have made to the industry," said  Tom
Prete, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Engineering. "We also want to extend our
gratitude and thanks to the thousands of people across Pratt & Whitney for their
talents, hard work and support for these remarkable achievements."  

This year's  Pratt & Whitney Distinguished Engineers of the Year  include:

* George Titterton, of  Hebron, Conn., deputy director, for his outstanding
contributions to the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine program;  
* Don Duvall,of  Manchester, Conn., F135 STOVL (Short Take Off & Vertical
Landing) program chief engineer, for his exceptional engineering leadership on
the F135 engine program;  
* Roger Blinn,  of  Amston, Conn., design integration manager, for his technical
skills and leadership on the Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD)
* Carol Crowe, of  East Hampton, Conn., Aftermarket Coating discipline chief,
for her expertise and hands-on approach in the Global Services Engineering (GSE)
discipline; and  
* Jim Koonankeil,  of  Marlborough, Conn., principal engineer, for his
innovative and results-driven work in Manufacturing Engineering.

"George helped achieve plans to save more than  $455,000  on the PurePower
Geared Turbofan engine program and helped create engineering milestones that
tracked the progress of our tasks as we moved into the execution phase," said 
Ben Reinert, director, Hot Section Engineering.

"Don provided exceptional engineering leadership to resolve all propulsion
integration issues related to the F-35B STOVL. The quick and timely resolution
was a key enabler in cutting the probation period in half -- from two years to
one year," said  Tom Johnson, Operational Military Engines chief engineer.

"Over a three-month period Roger led a Pratt & Whitney technical team to define
a ground-breaking engine configuration, complete an early engine concept design,
communicate the large benefits of Pratt & Whitney's offering to the customer,
and write an outstanding technical proposal for the AETD program," said  John
Wiedemer, chief engineer for Advanced Engines.  

"Carol is recognized by her customers for delivering process improvements that
provide significant time and cost reductions relating to coating repairs. Her
support for strategic projects relative to complex coatings has been
invaluable," said  Robert Murac, Aftermarket fellow.  

"Jim was instrumental in developing and deploying several new technologies for
Pratt & Whitney's Turbine Module Center (TMC), which ensures engines parts
operate and survive in harsh conditions. The manual time savings alone for one
system Jim deployed exceeded  $100,000  per year," said  Christopher Millea,
Manufacturing Engineering manager.

These engineers contributed to significant accomplishments, such as Pratt &
Whitney's final selection in the Adaptive Engine Technology Program by the U.S.
Air Force; reducing the probation period for the F-35B program in half; and
delivering significant cost savings for the PurePower Geared Turbofan.

Pratt & Whitneyis a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of
aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines.   United
Technologies, based in  Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high
technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building

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