VP of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines awarded by ASME

Prete was nominated for his outstanding contribution to air-breathing propulsion through inspiring leadership, education and research, having major impacts on aircraft engine operational capability, performance and design.


Pratt & Whitney


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has awarded to Thomas Prete, vice president, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, the 2019 Aircraft Engine Technology Award, and to Dr. Om Sharma, senior technical fellow, Aerodynamics and Gas Turbines, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the ASME R. Tom Sawyer Award. Pratt & Whitney and UTRC are divisions of United Technologies Corp. .

 

Prete was nominated for his outstanding contribution to air-breathing propulsion through inspiring leadership, education and research, having major impacts on aircraft engine operational capability, performance and design.

 

Throughout his career, Prete has held numerous technical leadership roles on Pratt & Whitney’s cutting-edge fighter engine programs including the F100 that powers the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F119 for the F-22 Raptor and the F135, which powers all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II.

 

Prete also led the Engineering organization through the certification of the first Geared Turbofan family of engines. In addition to leadership roles in engineering, Prete has held leadership roles in operations, aftermarket and customer support during his 30-year tenure at Pratt & Whitney.

 

Dr. Sharma was recognized as an individual who has made important contributions to advance the purpose of the gas turbine industry and the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute over a substantial period of time. His accomplishments include contributing to enhancements in design processes used in axial flow turbines and pioneering the use of 3-D airfoils.