Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada

September 17, 2008 14:00 ET

Pratt & Whitney Canada Names Six Research Fellows From Universities and NRC During the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada Annual Meeting

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2008) - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has named five university professors and a director at Canada's National Research Council (NRC) "P&WC Research Fellows" in recognition of their academic excellence and outstanding contributions to the company's technology programs. The awards were presented during the annual general meeting of the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada (AIAC) in Ottawa. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

"Each of these Research Fellows is playing a vital role in advancing the position of Canada's aerospace industry through their valuable work in developing new technologies in such areas as advanced materials and concepts and high-speed manufacturing," said Walter Di Bartolomeo, vice president, Engineering at P&WC. "We are proud to recognize their contributions and look forward to continue working with them and other university professors and scientists across Canada to break new ground in aerospace technologies."

The five professors receiving P&WC Research Fellows Awards and their areas of specialty are: Dr. Yusuf Altintas, University of British Columbia (Manufacturing); Dr. Kamran Behdinan, Ryerson University (Design Optimization); Dr. Clement Fortin, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Product Life Management); Dr. Suong V. Hoa, Concordia University (Composites); and Dr. Robert J. Martinuzzi, University of Calgary (Compressor Aerodynamics). Also receiving the award is Dr. Prakash C. Patnaik of the NRC, a specialist in structures and materials.

P&WC, the No. 1 investor in Canada's aerospace sector, is working with about 20 universities across the country on over 300 research projects with 140 professors and researchers to develop new engine technologies for the next generation of environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient aircraft. Each year, it also hires hundreds of students at its facilities in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.

"Over the last five years, we have invested more than $80 million in university research projects, which are a key component of our R&D strategy to develop key emerging engine technologies," said Di Bartolomeo. "Our strategy has allowed us to bring more than 60 new engines to the market over the past 12 years, a performance unmatched in our industry. Today, we are also proud to be a leader in green engine technologies."

Di Bartolomeo noted that a new family of greener engines called PurePower PW800 was recently launched for the next-generation of business jets. "It will deliver step-change improvements in environmental performance and operating costs when they enter service in 2014," he said.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. The company also manufactures auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

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