Agnes Klucha
Program Manager - Research & Technology Partnerships
UTC Aerospace Systems
Windsor Locks, CT

"Amelia Earhart is one of my role models. She took bold action and pushed the boundaries, inspired generations and pursued her passion for the fun of it.”

Agnes worked in engineering, planning, and management at Pratt & Whitney for nearly two decades before transitioning to UTC Aerospace Systems in January 2014. During her 19-year career at UTC, Agnes held various roles, many of which relied on her extraordinary leadership and strategic vision, technical proficiency, and business acumen.  In each effort, colleagues cite her creativity and innovativeness, along with her willingness to accept challenges with impacting the bottom line.
Agnes has been immediately successful at UTC, among other efforts by establishing the Engineering Innovation Center which created full-time jobs for over 23 people, 14 summer internships, and several contract positions. She helped to foster a culture of research, innovation and prototyping to execute with speed and quality.   She is a rare combination of technical brilliance balanced by personal warmth and affability. The result is that she is able to achieve success not only in the R&D sector but also in the boardroom and the PR realm. Her personal qualities define the most effective leaders, across disciplines. 
Agnes is sought-after as a speaker, advisor, and informal educator. Among others, she serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut's Management and Engineering for Manufacturing B.S. degree program and as a speaker at several conferences, including the Canadian Aerospace Summit 2012, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Roadmapping Workshop: Measurement Science for Metal-Based AM, and RAPID 2012. 
Additionally, Agnes was appointed to and served on the National Academy of Science Panel on Review of the Engineering Labs at the NIST, and she was appointed by the Franklin Institute to serve on the International Selection Committee for the Bower Award in Additive Manufacturing.

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