Pratt & Whitney Opens Research Facility at UA Huntsville


Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the opening of the new PoWeR Innovations Research facility on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville, Ala, on Dec. 9. The facility is part of a collaborative effort designed to develop new technologies and business strategies for both the company and the university. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

“We believe that combining Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s capabilities and experience with the curriculum, creativity and talent at the University of Alabama in Huntsville will enable us to create new technologies and expand into new business areas,” said Jim Maser, president, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. “We are optimistic this collaboration will serve as a model for other companies.”

Through the partnership, the University of Alabama in Huntsville will provide offices, laboratories and support so Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne personnel can collaborate on planning, research and development activities. The university will also provide access to its academic expertise to collaborate in development of academic and business opportunities between both parties. In return, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will provide access to its technical and business personnel co-located at the university. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will help develop new technologies of interest to both parties.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.

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.