Mike Papp Speaks at University of Maine

ORONO, Maine, Friday, November 13, 2015

Pratt & Whitney presented a check for $100,000 to the University of Maine College of Engineering during an on-campus event on Nov. 13. Mike Papp, general manager, Pratt & Whitney North Berwick, delivered remarks at the ceremony.

Remarks, as prepared for delivery

Good afternoon. President Hunter; Provost Hecker; Dean Humphrey; Professor Pearse; Professor Horton; Dr. Mills; and members of the University of Maine's Engineering Advisory Board. Thank you for having us here today.

I am delighted to be here on behalf of Pratt & Whitney to present this check for $100,000 to the University of Maine's College of Engineering.

This funding will be used to support the College's Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, its students and, in turn, will support the development of Maine's future workforce.

At Pratt & Whitney, our revolutionary PurePower® engine family and position on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program are redefining the jet engine, transforming the aerospace industry and writing the next chapter of our company's 90-year history.

Not since 1940, when President Franklin Roosevelt called for 50,000 aircraft a year to support our nation's growing involvement in World War II has there been a more exciting time for Pratt & Whitney.

During those years, Pratt & Whitney and its licensees grew production to unimaginable levels – producing more than 363,000 engines during the war years.

Today, Pratt & Whitney is well on its way to more than doubling commercial and military engine production by the end of the decade. We'll grow from about 800 engines this year to more than 1,800 in 2020.

To make that increase possible, we've invested more than one billion dollars to make sure we are ready to deliver on our customer commitments.

To be successful, we need a thriving marketplace with a growing talent pool here in Maine, across the U.S. and around the world.

That's why Pratt & Whitney is committed to developing the next generation of engineers, scientists and manufacturers by sponsoring K-12 and college-level Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs that spark students' interest and inspire innovation.

Our partnerships with the colleges and universities in and around the communities in which we operate - including the University of Maine and local community colleges and vocational schools - are a crucial part of our growth strategy. This funding will help prepare today's students to become the next generation of engineers.

Simply put, the career possibilities for a young person with a background in math and science are nearly endless.

The world needs more people with math and science skills. Pratt & Whitney will continue to be on the lookout for top talent with engineering and science backgrounds.

That's why we are honored to partner with the University of Maine and present this check. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come. Thank you.