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Bennett Croswell

2017 Commencement Speaker: Bennett Croswell

Bennett Croswell is president of Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines business, where he oversees development, production, and support of the company’s military offerings including the 5th generation F119 and F135 engines for the F-22 and F-35 fighters, the F100 for the F-15/F-16, the F117 for the C-17, the PW4062 for the KC-46A, as well as development of the engine for the B-21 bomber and the Small Military Engine and Advanced Engine Program sectors.

Prior to his current role, Bennett held the position of vice president, F135/F119 programs. In this role, Bennett was responsible for all activities associated with the F135 and F119 engine programs. He also led Pratt & Whitney’s Maintenance Data and Support Equipment team in supporting all military and commercial product lines and providing customers with innovative and cost-effective maintenance solutions.

Bennett joined Pratt & Whitney in 1979. Previous leadership roles include vice president, F119 program; vice president, Military Development Programs; and vice president, Advanced Programs & Technology.

During his career with Pratt & Whitney, Bennett has been part of three Collier Trophy Award winning teams. The first came in 2001 for the development of the Integrated Lift Fan Propulsion System for the JSF Program. The second award came in 2006 for the successful fielding of the F-22 Raptor. The most recent was in 2014 for the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration.

Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also graduated from the Defense Systems Management College in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Bennett has authored several papers published by technical societies. He is also the Chair of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tickle College of Engineering Advisory Board and is on the Board of Trustees for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

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