Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick facility is helping ensure the state of Maine and its own manufacturing operations are preparing the engineers of tomorrow.
That point was driven home Nov. 13 as Mike Papp, general manager, Pratt & Whitney North Berwick, presented a check for $100,000 to the University of Maine's College of Engineering at the annual Engineering Advisory Board luncheon on the university's Orono, Maine, campus. Approximately 70 people attended the event, including representatives from Pratt & Whitney North Berwick, the university's president and provost, advisory board members from all university engineering departments, faculty and students.
Papp delivered remarks at the event, as did University of Maine President Dr. Susan Hunter, College of Engineering Dean Dr. Dana Humphrey and Provost Dr. Jeffrey Hecker.
"Our partnerships with the colleges and universities in and around the communities in which we operate - including the University of Maine and local community colleges and vocational schools - are a crucial part of our growth strategy," Papp said. "This funding will help prepare today's students to become the next generation of engineers."
The funding to the university's College of Engineering will be used to support students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, in particular.
The celebratory luncheon was followed by a tour of the university's Machine Tool Laboratory and the Advanced Structures & Composites Center. Pratt & Whitney North Berwick's David Smart, manufacturing engineering manager and a graduate of the University of Maine's master's of Engineering program, attended the event as well.
"As a Maine alumni, I'm proud that Pratt & Whitney is recognizing the university with this gift," Smart said. "The engineering program prepared me for my Pratt & Whitney career by teaching both the science of engineering and how to apply what I learned to the industry."
Pratt & Whitney's North Berwick facility has established partnerships with a number of Maine-based schools and universities, including the York County Community College, Central Maine Community College, Southern Maine Community College and a number of vocational technical institutions. Click here to see additional information about Pratt & Whitney's commitment to STEM education in Maine.
The University of Maine's College of Engineering is the sole institution in Maine to offer 11 engineering and engineering technology majors and full M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Almost 1,900 undergraduates are enrolled in the Engineering program.
Click here to read Papp's prepared remarks.