Pratt & Whitney Innovators Honored by Esteemed Technology Council

For a company to stay successful, often the boundaries of innovative ideas must be pushed. Pratt & Whitney is infused with talent to ensure it continues on in an innovative path. Recently three employees were recognized for their efforts.

Shari Bugaj, production integrated product team lead; Lindsay Landry, manager, Statistics and Data Analytics Group; and Anna Patrizzi, procurement director, International Parts Center, Global Supply Chain, were nominated by their peers for the Connecticut Technology Council's annual Women of Innovation award. The program honors women across Connecticut who serve as leaders and role models.

Bugaj was nominated for her work on thermo-plastic conversions.

"It's a conversion of either metals or traditional composites into thermo-plastics. This only works in some select areas of the engine where it is cool enough, but it allows us to save weight and also save a lot of cost," Bugaj said from her office in Middletown.

Landry's work attacks the process of making rotors better.

"We're looking at an optimization of a rotor geometry. So there are lots of different ways to design a rotor, and lots of different way to be put together, we're looking at using automated tools to make those rotors meet our engineering criteria," Landry said from her office in East Hartford.

Anna Patrizzi spearheaded the integration and transition of the supply chain for the V2500 from Rolls-Royce into Pratt & Whitney.

"We created IT systems and processes and taking that all into Pratt & Whitney's supply chain, without interrupting any flow of product into Pratt," Patrizzi said.

The three women were joined by other United Technologies nominees at a special ceremony held outside of Hartford, Connecticut. All have had tremendous success, and all have indicated they look forward to their next project that will create change.

If companies thrive on innovative ideas, it's clear it's the people, coupled with a solid work ethic, who get them there.

"I think it helps other people to think about different ways of doing things in their areas. It's just really interesting," Bugaj said, referring to out-side-the-box approaches that can make a difference.

"The advice I'd give, anyone, man or woman, would be to ask a lot of questions, and take responsibility in anything you do. (You should) really try to exceed expectations," Landry said.

Patrizzi agreed.

"Work hard, learn as much as you can from assignment to assignment, share what you have learned from others, and give back," Patrizzi said.

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