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Pratt and Whitney establishes engineering university partnership with Virginia Tech


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 6, 2008 – Pratt and Whitney, a United Technologies Corporation, has established strategic university partnerships with Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Virginia Tech further strengthening the current relationships with these institutions that are renowned for their world-class engineering education and research capabilities.

Pratt & Whitney will partner with the universities on fundamental research initiatives that support the design and development of state-of-the-art gas turbine propulsion systems used in commercial, military and emerging technology, and environmental programs. The close working relationships will enable the company to capture the innovative expertise and ideas of the faculty and students at these leading engineering universities.

Paul Adams, senior vice president, Pratt & Whitney Engineering, explains, “Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Virginia Tech have outstanding technical capabilities that complement our fundamental research needs and we are excited about expanding our partnerships with these institutions. Pratt & Whitney has invested significantly in engineering capability and is committed to differentiating our technologies through investment in fundamental research and development.”

These universities will strategically partner with Pratt & Whitney in the areas of combustion, materials, aerodynamics, heat transfer, structural analysis, design, test, and sensors.

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.