United Technologies

If you’ve ever completed a flight or elevator ride safely, cooled your home, or put out a kitchen fire, chances are you can thank a United Technologies (UTC) business. UTC has leading positions in aircraft engines (Pratt & Whitney), aircraft components and maintenance (UT Aerospace Systems), elevators (Otis) and other technology sectors. An original LGO partner since the program’s founding in 1988, UTC has focused recent LGO internship projects on applying big data to forecast both demand for its products as well as their likely servicing needs.

Daniel Roberson (LGO ’15)

Location: Hartford, CT
Research topic: Data Analytics
UTC-Pratt & Whitney use big data to analyze complex decisions on airplane maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Daniel developed an algorithm to forecast engine damage and service lifetime. To accomplish this, he managed a partnership between Pratt & Whitney and IBM. Daniel’s findings included defining the roles that particulate matter and humidity play in an engine’s service life, drawing on data gathered from takeoff and landing tests, weather conditions, and dust and pollen levels. Daniel’s project landed him a cover photo in Aviation Maintenance magazine.

Henry Luu (LGO ’18)

Location: Hartford, CT
Research topic: Data Analytics
For decades, traditional hardware aboard commercial jets only took single-point snapshots of engine performance metrics, but Pratt & Whitney’s latest technology now allows continuous, split-second capture of data from takeoff to landing. Henry’s project analyzes the “big data” of engine performance metrics—exhaust temperature, pressure, altitude, oil debris—to define the value of data-based prognostic tools that can better optimize engine maintenance, ultimately contributing to greater operational efficiency for commercial airlines.

Jessica Bashkoff (LGO ’13)

Location: Hartford, CT
Research topic: Data Analytics & Lean Optimization/Manufacturing
Jessica returned to UTC after graduation and joined the global leadership development program. She is currently a Transition Project Leader at Pratt & Whitney’s Global Supply Chain unit.

Matthew Bromberg (LGO ’00)

President, UTC-Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
At LGO: MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous studies: University of California, Berkeley, Physics
Matthew joined UTC in 2002 and served in various executive roles before becoming President for Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business, responsible for development, production and support of engines on many aircraft platforms. Previously he was President of Pratt & Whitney’s commercial aftermarket business, responsible for global service, spare parts, and maintenance. Matthew has spoken at the LGO Leadership Seminar and is an enthusiastic sponsor of LGO internships.

Drew Corum (LGO ’09)

General Manager, Worldwide Repair, UTC Aerospace Systems
At LGO: MBA & SM Engineering Systems
Previous studies: Carnegie Mellon University, Mechanical Engineering
Joining UTC in their Operations Leadership Program after graduating from LGO, Drew’s diverse postings included Field Operations Project Manager at UTC Fire & Safety and Supplier Quality and Assurance at Pratt & Whitney. In his career with UTC Aerospace Systems’ worldwide repair site, Drew now leads over 350 hourly and salaried employees on strategic and business initiatives.

Sarah Stirrat (LGO ’12)

Commercial Flow Line Manager, Pratt & Whitney
At LGO: MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous studies: MIT, Mechanical Engineering
Sarah joined UTC’s leadership development rotational program after graduating from LGO. Since completing that program, she has held roles in Pratt & Whitney including Capacity Manager and Production Test Supervisor. Now she is the Commercial Flow Line Manager…

Kevin Thomas (LGO ’16)

Aftermarket Commodity Manager, Pratt & Whitney
At LGO: MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous studies: US Coast Guard Academy, Mechanical Engineering
Kevin is pursuing Pratt & Whitney’s leadership development program. In his first year at the company, he has achieved decreased turnaround time for third-party logistics providers, led analytics efforts for business development, and created standard work practices for enterprise software systems.

Multiple UTC business units, including Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems, are active recruiters of LGO graduates. UTC engages with LGOs throughout their time at MIT by hosting local plant treks at their sites in Connecticut and through senior leaders participating in LGO seminars.
Frequent job titles at hire: Commercial Engines Aftermarket Rotation Program Associate, Leadership Development Program Associate
Common locations: San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Hartford, CT