Tom Prete is vice president of Engineering at Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company and world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. Prete is responsible for leading Pratt & Whitney's global Engineering organization, with a focus on customer requirements, advancing market-differentiating technologies, leading continuous improvement and standard work and developing technical leadership.
Prete joined Pratt & Whitney in 1988 and since then has held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering and Customer Service. Among his leadership roles, he served as chief engineer for Operational Military Engines, director for Global Services Engineering and chief engineer of Hot Section Engineering. While supporting the Military Engines business unit, Prete received the William G. Chamberlain Award for outstanding military customer service in leading the F100 and J52 engineering organizations.
In 2008, he was inducted into the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers, reserved for alumni who have consistently demonstrated professional achievements and advanced the quality and reputation of the School of Engineering. Prete also serves on the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering Senior Advisory Board and Georgia Tech's Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Council and is an inducted member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer at Hartford and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.