The American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) yesterday awarded to Dr. Alan Epstein, Pratt & Whitney's vice president, Technology & Environment, its prestigious Aircraft Engine Technology Award. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Epstein was nominated by Pratt & Whitney President Paul Adams for his exceptional contributions to aircraft engine technology, including techniques for innovative turbomachinery experimentation methods, invention of the 'microengine' concept, creation and demonstration of active control of compressor instability and technology strategy development and implementation for a major aircraft engine manufacturer. Epstein's contributions proved vital for the success of Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine family.
"It is truly meaningful for me to be recognized by the ASME," remarked Epstein. "The organization serves as a vital outlet for engineers to share ideas. I am thankful not only to Paul Adams for nominating me, but also to the many, many Pratt & Whitney engineers whose efforts inspire me every day."
The award recognizes sustained personal contributions to aircraft gas turbine engine technology. ASME representatives announced Epstein as the award recipient at the annual International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Turbo Expo in Montreal, Monday, June 15.
In his current role, Epstein is responsible for setting the direction and coordination of technology throughout Pratt & Whitney as it applies to product performance and environmental impact. He also provides leadership in the investment, development and incorporation of technologies that reduce the environmental impact of Pratt & Whitney's products and services.
In addition to being a fellow of the ASME, elected in 2005, Epstein is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in aeronautics and astronautics, and, before joining Pratt & Whitney, he was the R.C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT for 11 years. As a well-known technical expert in the field, Epstein has garnered many international awards for gas turbine technology.
"I greatly enjoy working at Pratt & Whitney, in particular for the opportunity to collaborate with world-class engineers," said Epstein. "It's exhilarating to work tough challenges that can change the world of aviation."
The ASME is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the vital role of the engineer in society. It is comprised of more than 136,000 members; more information can be found here.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.