Left to right: Mike Francis, Chief Advanced Programs; David Parekh, Corporate vice president, Research, and Director, UTRC; Jim Maser, president, AIAA, and vice president, Operations Program Management, Pratt & Whitney; Om Sharma, senior fellow, UTRC; Jim Fritz, executive director, Innovation Business Development; Bill Cousins, fellow, Compression System Operability.
Two UTRC engineers, Bill Cousins and Jim Fritz, were inducted as associate fellows into the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in January.
The induction ceremony was held at the AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition in Grapevine, Texas.
AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 30,000 individual members from 88 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA carries a reputation of 80 years of aerospace leadership.
Cousins, UTRC fellow, Compression System Operability; and Fritz, executive director, Innovation Business Development, join four other AIAA associate fellows and two fellows at UTRC.
Cousins has been a member of AIAA since 1984. His nomination and election as an associate fellow recognizes him as an experienced, accomplished research engineer and a leader in the air-breathing propulsion community. He is credited with significant advances to gas turbine engine development methods and technology.
Many of his innovations have contributed significantly to the success of Pratt & Whitney's new engine platforms, including reducing development and testing cycles that would otherwise excessively drive up cost. He joined UTRC in 2011 from Pratt & Whitney and previously was at Honeywell. He also taught at Virginia Tech, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a Ph.D.
Fritz, a member of AIAA since 1995, was acknowledged as a significant contributor to the advancement of U.S. aerospace capabilities and infrastructure that support the latest research and development across a variety of aerospace disciplines. His early career focused on structural design and analysis of key aerospace systems, pioneering the industry's use of physics-based modeling tools in the structural design and development of explosive and pyrotechnic components for a range of aerospace applications.
More recently, he has led the development of unique laboratory and test infrastructure created to maintain national leadership in next-generation aerospace technologies, including UTRC's East Hartford recent facility renovation and expansion project. He joined UTRC in 2007 from Ensign-Bickford and previously was at Hamilton Standard (now UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS). He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, master of science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an Executive MBA from the University of Connecticut.