Paul Adams Inducted Into Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering; Gives Keynote Address on ‘Disruptive’ PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ Technology
Paul Adams, Pratt & Whitney’s senior vice president of Operations & Engineering, was recently inducted into the distinguished Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering (CASE) for his outstanding contributions to jet propulsion technology. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Adams was recognized for his technical leadership in the engineering development and production of game-changing technological products such as Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine and the F135 engine that powers the F-35 Lightning II.
“The results of Paul’s efforts and technical leadership have contributed significantly to Pratt & Whitney’s improved productivity and overall product competitiveness in commercial and military aviation,” said Pratt & Whitney President Dave Hess. “Paul previously served as P&W’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Engineering Module Centers, where he was instrumental in the development of both the GTF and the F135.”
Among the Academy’s 39 newly elected members for 2012, Adams also was the keynote speaker for CASE’s annual meeting at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Adams gave an overview of the “disruptive technology” of P&W’s PurePower engine, a game-changing architecture that has changed the normal course of commercial jet engine development. He outlined the GTF configuration value proposition and the runway for future products.
“The Geared Turbofan engine is a step in a new configuration that is changing the future of the aerospace industry and we’re going to keep bringing new technology to it. There’s a lot of runway for even greater operational and environmental benefits with the geared architecture for the future,” said Adams. “Science and engineering are at the heart of what we do at Pratt & Whitney. Our engineering teams are constantly engaged in advancing technologies and enhancing product capability in a manner that brings value to our customers and to UTC and its shareholders.”
Election to the Academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence.
Adams has more than 29 years of leadership in program management and engineering with extensive, global experience in the aircraft engine industry. He joined Pratt & Whitney from Williams International in 1999 and was appointed to his current position in October 2011. His responsibilities include new product development, technology strategy, manufacturing operations, and supply chain management.
Adams additionally serves on the advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the University of Connecticut School Of Engineering. He completed the Stanford Executive Program through the Stanford Graduate Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.
About the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering was chartered by the General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well being. It is comprised of distinguished scientists and engineers from Connecticut's academic, industrial, and institutional communities. For more information about the Academy, please see
About Pratt & Whitney
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.