Aviation Investment in Education Pays Dividends Now and in the Future

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ARTICLE: Pratt & Whitney Donates Two Turbofan Engines to Embry-Riddle


The future of aviation will only be as good as the time, effort and dollars that we invest in the next generation of engineers and professionals. The donation by P&W of two turbofan engines, a JT8D-15A engine and a PW4062 engine, to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to help enhance the University’s aerospace engineering education and research programs is exactly that sort of contribution.

The gratitude of ERAU was expressed well by Magdy Attia, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the laboratory:

“This donation by Pratt & Whitney offers considerable educational value to our students, research knowledge to our faculty and credibility to our College of Engineering. It strengthens our relationship with a world-class engine company and reinforces Embry-Riddle’s niche as a leader in hands-on, applied education.”

The return of investment will be demonstrated by the future graduates of ERAU.

P&W, coincidentally, evidenced the value of their human capital in another company press release. There Pratt & Whitney and the Hartford chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) honored five Distinguished Engineers of the Year at the annual awards dinner in Manchester, CT during National Engineers Week. Their names are listed below and summary of their aeronautical engineering accomplishments is included to demonstrate their accomplishments:

  • George Titterton of Hebron, CT, Deputy Director, for his outstanding contributions to the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine program;
  • Don Duvall of Manchester, CT, F135 STOVL (Short Take Off & Vertical Landing) program Chief Engineer, for his exceptional engineering leadership on the F135 engine program;
  • Roger Blinn of Amston, CT, Design Integration Manager, for his technical skills and leadership on the Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program;
  • Carol Crowe of East Hampton, CT, Aftermarket Coating Discipline Chief, for her expertise and hands-on approach in the Global Services Engineering (GSE) discipline;
  • Jim Koonankeil of Marlborough, CT, Principal Engineer, for his innovative and results-driven work in Manufacturing Engineering.

The value of this investment is shown in UTC’s statement about the Fan Drive Gear System, a major innovation brought to market by engineers.


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