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Connecticut Medals of Science and Technology

The Connecticut Medal of Science and the Connecticut Medal of Technology are the state’s highest honors for scientific and technological achievement in fields crucial to Connecticut’s economic competiveness. Modeled after the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation respectively, these awards are made by the State of Connecticut, with the assistance of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, in alternating years.

Criteria for the Connecticut Medal of Technology
Criteria for the Connecticut Medal of Science


Pratt & Whitney
2018 Recipient
Connecticut Medal of Technology

2018 Recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology, Pratt & Whitney. Above, from left to right, CASE Member Cato Laurencin, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Chris Pratt accepting award on behalf of Pratt & Whitney, and CASE President Laura Grabel. [Photo: Frank LaBanca]

Above, Pratt & Whitney's groundbreaking geared turbofan (GTF) engine. [Graphic: Pratt & Whitney]

Pratt & Whitney has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology in recognition of its accomplishments in creating the groundbreaking geared turbofan (GTF) technology with unprecedented reductions in fuel consumption and noise, representing an incredible technological achievement in mechanical engineering and aircraft propulsion. Numerous airline customers have chosen Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® turbofan engines because of the superior architecture and performance, as well as economic and environmental benefits

 “At Pratt & Whitney, we are in a very competitive industry and our continued success depends on our people driving innovation into every part, process and service,” said David B. Carter, Senior Vice President of Engineering. “From the smallest detail of our engine design to the last stage of our manufacturing line, they are continuously improving how our engines are designed, manufactured and serviced. In the GTF alone, we matured or invented at least 48 technologies to drive performance benefits and we have over 3600 patents and patent applications filed globally to protect our investment in innovative GTF architecture. These technologies go beyond the gear and include advancements to the fan blade, engine core, materials, monitoring systems and a host of others. Our customers have depended on Pratt & Whitney innovators literally for generations, and with the GTF, they can continue to count on us for the next generation.”

Pratt & Whitney has had a long-term commitment to and association with the State of Connecticut. “The State of Connecticut is proud to award the Connecticut Medal of Technology to Pratt & Whitney,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “Connecticut is the proud home of some of the nation’s most talented aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers, and Pratt & Whitney is certainly among them.  This company continues to conduct cutting-edge aerospace research, providing exciting new opportunities for top engineering and science graduates from our state’s colleges and universities.  We applaud Pratt & Whitney for their ongoing innovations and continued commitment to the State of Connecticut.”

Pratt employs thousands of engineers and workers with headquarters, research and development organizations and production facilities in Connecticut. United Technologies Corporation, parent company of Pratt & Whitney, spent more than $10 billion on research before launching the GTF engine. With more than 8,000 engines sold to date, the GTF represents several hundred billion dollars of economic activity in Connecticut over the next few years.

Connecticut
Medal of Science

Recipients:

Frederic M. Richards (1995)
Sterling Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biophysics
and Biochemistry
Yale University

For more about Frederic Richards and his work, click here. 


Ronald R. Coifman (1996)
Professor of Mathematics
Yale University

For more about Ronald Coifman and his work, click here.


William C. Stwalley (2005)
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Head,
Physics Department
University of Connecticut

For more about William Stwalley and his work, click here.


Michael P. Snyder (2007)
Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular and
Developmental Biology
Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Director of the Yale Center for Genomics and Proteomics
Yale University


For more about Michael Snyder and his work, click here.


Robert R. Birge (2009)
Harold S. Schwenk, Sr., Distinguished Chair in Chemistry
University of Connecticut


For more about Robert Birge and his work, click here.


Steven L. Suib (2011)
University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Head, Chemistry Department
University of Connecticut


For more about Steven Suib and his work, click here.


Thomas A. Steitz (2013)
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Professor of Chemistry
Yale University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

For more about Thomas Steitz and his work, click here.


Joan A. Steitz (2015)
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

For more about Joan Steitz and her work, click here.


Robert Schoelkopf, PhD
2017 Recipient
Connecticut Medal of Science

For more about Robert Schoelkopf and his work, click here.

Connecticut
Medal of Technology

Recipients:

H. Joseph Gerber (1995)
Founder, Chairman, and President
Gerber Scientific, Inc.

For more about Joseph Gerber and his work, click here.


Charles H. Kaman (1996)
Founder and
Chief Executive Officer
Kaman Corporation

For more about Charles Kaman and his work, click here.


Anthony J. DeMaria (2004)
Founder and Chief Scientist
Coherent*DEOS, LLC

For more about Anothony DeMaria and his work, click here.


Gene Banucci (2006)
Founder and Chairman
ATMI, Inc.

For more about Gene Banucci and his work, click here.


Tso-Ping Ma (2008)
Raymond John Wean
Professor of
Electrical Engineering
Yale University

For more about Tso-Ping Ma and his work, click here.


Jonathan M. Rothberg (2010)
Chairman, CEO and Founder
Ion Torrent™

For more about Jonathan M. Rothberg and his work, click here.


Yaakov Bar-Shalom (2012)
Marianne E. Klewin Professor in Engineering and
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut

For more about Yaakov Bar-Shalom and his work, click here.


Frederick J. Leonberger (2014)
Principal of EOvation Advisors, LLC
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (ret.)
JDS Uniphase Corporation

For more about Frederick J. Leonberger and his work, click here.


Cato T. Laurencin (2016)
University Professor, University of Connecticut
CEO, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering
Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health

For more about Cato T. Laurencin and his work, click here.

 


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