Five Pratt & Whitney Engineers Honored as Distinguished Engineers of the Year By Hartford ASME for Their Work on the F135 Engine for the F-35 Fighter

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Monday, March 21, 2011

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. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

These awards recognize excellence in the field of Engineering. Recipients of the Engineer of the Year Award represent the value our innovative engineering brings to our customers.

"It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge these prestigious awards presented by the Hartford section of the ASME," said Paul Adams, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney. "We would also like to thank all the members of our technical community, as well as the thousands of people across Pratt & Whitney who supported these remarkable achievements."

This year's Pratt & Whitney Distinguished Engineers of the Year work on the F135 Short Take Off/Vertical Landing (STOVL) engine. Four of the engineers were honored for their technical leadership and innovation in the flight clearance and production qualification effort for the engine:

Robert Fagan, of Glastonbury, Conn., Chief Engineer

Thomas Clerkin, of Ivoryton, Conn., Design Integration Manager

Matthew Consadene, of Andover, Conn., Validation Manager

Robert Law, of Tolland, Conn., Performance Manager

Tory Brogan, of Manchester, Conn., Augmentor Aerodynamics Manager, was honored for his technical leadership and innovation in the development and Initial Service Release qualification of the F135 augmentor system.

"Bob, Tom, Matt, and Bob are four leaders who comprise the Pratt & Whitney F135 STOVL Systems Integrated Product Team, which successfully led the flight clearance and production qualification effort for the F135 Short Take Off Vertical Landing propulsion system in the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter STOVL Aircraft. This team set a new standard for both technical and product development excellence. Their ability to work together and across the customer base has been the foundation for STOVL success," said Tom Johnson, F119 / F135 Chief Engineer.

"Tory's technical leadership of a team of 50 individuals led to the development and ISR qualification of F135 augmentor system. His rigorous and methodical approach in the identification and control of subtle design features that affect augmentor performance was a critical part of F135 ISR qualification," said Jayant Sabnis, Chief Engineer for Systems Analysis and Aerodynamics.

The engineers contributed to significant accomplishments, such as the first F-35B vertical landing, first F-35B short take off, endurance testing simulating four years of operational service, full performance capability including supersonic stealth, delivery of seven STOVL flight test propulsion systems, full validation and verification of more than 13,000 requirements, unprecedented fighter engine thrust delivery at more than 40,000 pounds of thrust, and the first propulsion system multi-variable control system used to maintain aircraft flight control during powered lift operations.

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.