Pratt & Whitney Co. top engineer Paul Adams, a key hand in the East Hartford jet-engine maker's revolutionary geared turbofan, has been inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering (CASE) for his extensive contributions to propulsion technology.
Among 39 recent CASE inductees, Adams was recognized for his technical leadership in the engineering development and production of technological products such as Pratt & Whitney's PurePower geared turbofan and the F135 engine that powers the F-35 Lightning II fighterjet.
Adams, 51, formerly was senior vice president of engineering and vice president of Engineering Module Centers, where both engines were developed.
Adams has more than 29 years engine-design experience in program management and engineering with extensive, global experience in the aircraft engine industry.
He joined Pratt & Whitney in 1999. He currently is senior vice president of operations & engineering, overseeing new product development, technology strategy, manufacturing operations, and supply chain management. Pratt is a division of United Technologies Corp. in Hartford.
Adams also serves on the advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department – his alma mater -- and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.
He completed the executive program through the Stanford Graduate Business School and holds a BS in aerospace engineering from Michigan.
Established by state charter in 1976, CASE promotes the application of science and technology to benefit society.