Pratt & Whitney Employees Inducted into University of Connecticut's Academy of Distinguished Engineers

Chief Operating Officer Recognized with Service Award

May 02, 2013, 15:00 ET from Pratt & Whitney

STORRS, Conn., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Chief Operating Officer Paul Adams and engineer Scott Beecher will be inducted into the University of Connecticut's Academy of Distinguished Engineers at a ceremony this evening. Adams will receive the 2013 Distinguished Engineering Leadership Award for his career accomplishments and dedication to the future generation of engineers. Beecher will receive the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, which is presented to UConn School of Engineering alumni who have contributed greatly to the engineering profession. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

The Distinguished Engineering Leadership Award is presented to individuals who "have generously provided service, time, and resources, thereby helping the School of Engineering attain its highest goals and ideals," according to the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. Adams joins 2012 Distinguished Engineering Service Award recipient, J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president of Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation, and 2011 recipient Allan Brockett who recently retired as vice president, Pratt & Whitney Engineering Module Centers.  

This industry recognition builds on Adams' recent membership into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) earlier this year, and in 2012 he was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering (CASE) for his extensive contributions to propulsion technology.

"We congratulate Paul for his outstanding contributions and leadership over the years in the engineering and development of disruptive technology, such as Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine," said Pratt & Whitney President David Hess. "This industry acknowledgment is testimony to both Paul's and Pratt & Whitney's commitment and passion to continually innovate and improve jet engines for commercial and military aviation."

"I'm proud to recognize Scott for his exceptional contributions to Pratt & Whitney and the engineering profession," said Tom Prete, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Engineering, and UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers member since 2008. "Scott has played a key role in the development and certification of the Next Generation Product Family Full Authority Digital Engine Control software project."

Members are elected to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers yearly and play an important advisory role to the School of Engineering, providing: advice and counsel to faculty and students; service as role models for undergraduate and graduate engineering students; and support for the purpose of improving the School of Engineering development programs and in securing significant financial support for the School.

The Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut, founded in 2003, honors School of Engineering alumni whose careers are characterized by their sustained and exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. Members are individuals who bring enduring honor to their alma mater as practitioners and as citizens. For more information, please visit

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, small turbojet propulsion products and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC 

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