June 8, 2016
The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) has inducted mechanical engineering alumnus Michael McCune ’82, recognizing him among the state’s leading experts in science, engineering, and technology. McCune serves as design manager of mechanical systems for Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.
McCune’s induction is in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions to Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine family, which delivers performance benefits including a 16 percent fuel burn reduction, 50 percent emissions reduction and 75 percent reduction in noise footprint.
“I consider it a great honor to be invited to join the Academy with such a distinguished group of scientists and engineers,” said McCune. “And, it is only with the vision, commitment and support of a company like Pratt & Whitney that I could help advance aerospace technology with the Geared Turbofan engine.”
McCune holds 74 patents and has one technical publication. He is a member of the American Gear Manufacturing Association and the Gear Research Institute. McCune was a recipient of the 2009 Aviation Week Laureate Award in Aeronautics/Propulsion and was named a 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Hartford Chapter’s Distinguished Engineer of the Year.
CASE elects new members based on scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence. The Academy currently has 394 members.