August 15, 2012

Pratt's Paul Adams is ASME's 2012 engineer awardee

Photo/Pablo Robles
Photo/Pablo Robles
Paul R. Adams

Pratt & Whitney Co.'s chief engineer Paul R. Adams was recognized by his U.S. peers for his efforts at integrating top-shelf computer resources into the East Hartford jet-engine maker's global engineering and design network.

Adams, 52, is this year's recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2012 Leadership Award. The society says its mission is promoting the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences worldwide.

Adams is Pratt senior vice president in charge of operations and engineering, giving him oversight of its global product design, manufacturing engineering, quality testing operations and supply chain.

The 30-year aeroengineer joined Pratt in 1999 from Michigan propulsion-builder Williams International in time to play a key role in development of Pratt's groundbreaking PurePower geared turbofan for passenger jets and the F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II jet fighter.

Adams is responsible for rewriting the way in which Pratt designs new propulsion systems, such as the PurePower, by employing a "scalability'' format in which a basic architecture is employed to build engines of varying thrust outputs according to customer needs.

In May, Adams, who is a University of Michigan engineering graduate, was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Scientists and Engineers for his engineering contributions to Pratt and the state's economy.

He is an advisory board member to the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.

To read a recent profile of Adams, click here.

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