Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Donates $63,500 to Support Education and Cultural Arts at California State University, Northridge

CANOGA PARK, Calif., Thursday, April 1, 2010

In its ongoing commitment to the local community, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne donated $63,500 to California State University, Northridge, in support of engineering and computer science, business and economics, as well as the campaign to build the first Valley Performing Arts Center in the San Fernando Valley. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

Of the total contribution, $38,500 will go to the colleges of Engineering & Computer Science, and Business and Economics in support of scholarships, faculty development and a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne fellowship in mechanical engineering. Another $25,000 will help the campaign for the Valley Performing Arts Center, which will feature a 1,700-seat theater, rehearsal space, indoor and outdoor public entertainment areas, a lecture hall, labs and other academic spaces. The center will be located at the corner of Nordoff Street and Lindley Avenue in Northridge.

"Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is honored to support California State University, Northridge, in its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities to the community, including its own talented workforce," said Jim Maser, President, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. "We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the university, and we look forward to helping lay the foundation for a cultural arts center that will be the pride of the valley."

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.

Pratt & Whitney is 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 industries.