Pratt and Whitney has expanded its strategic university partnership with Virginia Tech to include research into composite materials. Pratt and Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

Pratt & Whitney currently works with Virginia Tech on fundamental research initiatives that support the design and development of advanced gas turbine engine propulsion. The expansion of this relationship to composite materials will further enable Pratt & Whitney to leverage its substantial technology investments and Virginia Tech’s expertise in fundamental and applied research.

“We are very excited that Virginia Tech, one of our University Centers of Excellence, will work with us on composite material development. Pratt & Whitney is committed to using technology to differentiate our products,” said Paul Adams, senior vice president, Pratt & Whitney Engineering. “Collaboration with best-in-class research partners such as Virginia Tech allows us to improve the performance and capability of a wide range of engine products.”

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

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