On February 3, 2017, Brian Budd, PTA class of 1977, came to present about his career as a mechanical engineer. The information below gives a short biography of Brian's accomplishments. We were so thankful for his willingness to present to the students in grades 7-12. His passion about "all things engineering" was contagious and several students mentioned an interest in pursuing a career in this field. Brian encouraged students to take advantage of tuition reimbursement which is offered by many progressive companies. His own company has paid for his masters degree.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University
Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
Currently enrolled in a Master of Engineering program in System Engineering and Technology Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. May 2017 graduation!
The majority of Brian's career has been spent in aerospace propulsion systems. He is currently working for Pratt & Whitney on new jet engine programs. In his role as a Project Engineer, he leads small teams which design engine components. The team also provides technical support in the manufacture, engine assembly, engine testing and hardware performance evaluation. They seek to continuously improve the performance and durability of the engines.
He shared that, "Learning is a life-long process. There are endless fun and interesting things to explore and learn."
Here’s a link to Pratt & Whitney videos on the people who design, build, test and fly the new engines. The home page has a good overview of the new commercial engine programs and where they’re used.