John Sullivan began his career with United Technologies in 1983. Since then he has worked in several business units and currently manages 2,000 engineers in more than 50 locations around the world – one in every time zone.
His career reflects the valuable skills he has developed over the years, most of which he credits to the Employee Scholar Program and the course work he completed while pursuing a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The knowledge I gained helped me develop organizational and technical skills for completing major projects and directing research funds,” says John.
His master’s thesis on engine design was acclaimed by the aerospace industry. But according to John his biggest takeaway from the experience was a spirit of innovation.
“What I pulled from my academic years was that you have to question every day — why do you do it this way? What is driving us to do this design and spend this amount of money? Can we do it better?”
Says John, “We are living in a very interesting world – one driven by digital, electronic and software technologies. When it comes to mechanical projects, we need to look at all of the resources available and ask ourselves what is the best way for designing this. UTC was built on a spirit of innovation. We need to continue the legacy.”