Melanie Tibbetts
Senior Engineer, Sensor Applications
Pratt & Whitney

“Working within the development of new jet engine programs for Pratt & Whitney, both commercial and military, I am responsible for providing instrumentation in various modules of the jet engine to acquire data that validates innovative new hardware designs and technologies. This keeps me on the cutting edge of manufacturing!”

Melanie has been the technical lead in the execution of instrumentation planning, egress definition and sensor applications tasks for all military engine programs. She efficiently led integrated product teams, which required participants from multiple module center part IPT’s, validation managers and all Systems Engineering & Validation instrumentation functional disciplines. As the lead, Melanie kept those teams on task and focused on flawless execution. She organized and prioritized a vast amount of information and tasks. Her support in design, planning and implementation ensured plans were executed to their fullest potential.

Melanie has been the lead sensor engineer on multiple engine builds for advanced military applications, yet still found a time to teach and mentor less experienced engineers in vast scope and intricacies of instrumentation planning and egress design. In the Engineering Development Program, Melanie teaches others about sensor engineering and the impact the discipline has on the organization as a whole. Outside of Pratt & Whitney, Melanie volunteers as a mentor at Xavier High School in Middletown, CT, where she works to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. In her mentorship role, she draws from her knowledge and experience to provide guidance on the core principles and processes of STEM while fostering the students’ interaction with real world engineers and scientists.

Melanie also served as a mentor for the Real World Design Challenge, an annual competition in which high school students work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Through mentoring, she provides knowledge and advice on core principles and processes of STEM. Melanie challenges students to develop presentation skills and helps organize the structure of the team’s design documentation and presentation for the state and national competitions. Her mentorship and support helped the team earn first place at the state competition for the past two years as well as first and third place in the national challenge in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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