Pratt & Whitney's Randy McKinney, senior fellow, Combustion Systems Aerodynamics, was recently elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He joins an esteemed group of seven current Pratt & Whitney engineers bestowed with this honor.
"ASME is an outstanding organization," said McKinney. "It supports and promotes engineering to the highest standard and I'm honored to be elected."
The ASME fellow designation is awarded to engineers who are exemplary within their field. To be elected, one must be nominated by two peers and maintain a membership status with the organization for a minimum of 10 years.
McKinney has been with Pratt & Whitney for 36 years and has been an ASME member for almost 20 years. He currently serves as a member of the ASME Combustion, Fuels and Emissions Committee. Committee membership requires demanding work for which he readily volunteers.
"Randy is one of our most experienced and valuable combustion experts," said Tom Prete, vice president, Engineering. "It is a pleasure to see Pratt & Whitney's wealth of talent recognized by a prestigious organization like ASME."
McKinney received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor's degree in engineering science from the State University of New York, Buffalo.
McKinney and the newly elected fellows will be honored at the ASME's annual fellows recognition reception in November as well as in that month's issue of "Mechanical Engineering" magazine.
The ASME is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the vital role of the engineer in society. It's comprised of 136,591 members; more information can be found here.