From: By Paul Schaefer, ENN
Published August 8, 2007 05:59 PM

Pratt & Whitney Hires New Tech Expert To Cut Greenhouse Gasses

Aug 8, 2007 09:00

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney today named an MIT expert to lead Pratt & Whitney's strategy and technology development programs aimed at improving environmental performance and reducing impact on the environment.

Pratt and Whitney named Dr. Alan Epstein, a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT to the post.

"At Pratt & Whitney, we believe next generation engines will be a large part of the solution as the aviation industry looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase efficiency," said Pratt & Whitney president Steve Finger. "In his new position, Alan will lead Pratt & Whitney's environmental initiatives, drawing on resources from across the company and the corporation to identify, evaluate and execute new ways to improve engine fuel efficiency, reduce noise and combustion emissions, and develop alternative fuel technologies. I look forward to the opportunity to help bring new environmental technologies to our customers."

Finger adds, "Alan's education and experience will guide us in leading the industry in designing, building and servicing products with game-changing environmental performance,". "With our Geared Turbofan(TM) engine, new services like EcoPower(R) engine washing, demonstrated ability to operate our engines on alternative fuels, focus on reducing water and power use in our factories, and strong commitment to recycling and reuse of materials and natural resources, we are showing the world our commitment to designing and building the most environmentally responsible products on the market."


Alan's research and teaching at MIT has been focused on power and energy, aerospace propulsion, turbomachinery and noise, measurement and instrumentation, and microsystems. He holds numerous patents and has published more than 100 academic articles.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

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