Brenda Lisitano
Senior Engineer
Pratt & Whitney

“Manufacturing provides an opportunity to create products that solve problems and make a difference. I work on engines that move people, ensure the safety of our communities and reduce environmental impact. The atmosphere of continuous learning and improvement fosters growth and innovation, expanding the possibilities of what we can achieve.”

Brenda has been recognized for her excellent support of a breadth of Pratt & Whitney (PW) programs. She has been relied upon for Advanced Commercial and Military proposal support for projects to power helicopters, commercial airplanes and military jets. One proposal offers an engine with 50 percent more power, 25 percent more fuel efficiency, and 20 percent longer engine life, with $1B per year in savings for the customer. Another proposal Brenda supported resulted in a $437M contract.

Throughout her time with PW, Brenda has mentored both incoming colleagues and interns who have worked in her area and beyond. This includes volunteering at the Day in the Life workshop for new hires in manufacturing. She also does a great deal of community outreach to mentor the next generation. From discussions with girls at the CT Invention Convention to being a panelist at CT Science Center Dream Big Day, Brenda works to engage girls and impart some of the lessons she has learned. 

Brenda is currently President of the Hartford Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), where she organizes and volunteers at professional development and outreach events such as SWE University of Hartford Networking Night and Girl Scouts Be That Engineer Days. One of her most noteworthy contributions was as chair of the 2018 SWE Hartford Certificate of Merit. The certificate honors outstanding math and science students and is given equally to male and female students. In “paying it forward” as chairperson and past recipient of the certificate, she contacted all 260+ eligible schools within the SWE Hartford geographic area to make sure all would have the chance to participate. In 2018, 118 students from 64 schools were recognized, and had the opportunity to hear from and network with many SWE engineers who shared their experiences in STEM.

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