Successful Chief Engineer for industry leading gas turbine and rocket engine programs. Customer focused team leader that brings high technology value propositions to realization by leveraging organizational capabilities, closing gaps and making things work: power plants, business situations and organizations. In 2016, led propulsion engineering teams to over $200M of government contracts in two advanced technology gas turbine programs.
Led one side of industry joint venture through 3 years of successful engine testing for Advanced Affordable Turbine Engines program.
Led RL10 Engineering team to five years of successful missions and helped conceive the basis for the RL10C program.
Received multiple industry and team and individual awards including:
- International Space all of Fame inductee with Delta Clipper-X team
- Rotary Space Career Award
01/2011 to Current
Program Chief EngineerPratt & Whitney － East Hartford, CT
Lead P&W technical team in joint venture with Honeywell to win Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) program and Alternate Concept Engine (ACE).
Demonstrate increased engine efficiency and horsepower for Black Hawk and Apache applications.
Met all goals Won ITE contract Won ACE Demo.
01/2010 to 01/2011
Program Chief Engineer
Invited from P&W Rocketdyne to P&W E.
Hartford by P&W Leadership).
Led P&W-Embraer engine program and proposals within Engineering.
Set engine configuration through trades and led team through design review and proposal processes.
Served as primary customer POC, establishing credibility.
P&W eventually unseated GE in Embraer E-2 jet.
01/2006 to 01/2010
RL10 Chief EngineerPratt & Whitney Rocketdyne － West Palm Beach, FL
Led RL10 and Derivative rocket engine programs, totaling over $135M /yr.
Responsible for all technical aspects of RL10A and RL10B models, development of RL10C and conceptual design of next gen engine.
01/2000 to 01/2006
Avionics and Controls Engineering.
Manager of 34 person department which supported all P&W rocket engine and hypersonic engine programs.
Oversight of technology planning, design, development and production support of electronic controls, software, valves, actuators, sensors and igniters.
01/1998 to 01/2000
Development EngineerAvionics and Controls
Leader of A&C Engineering support for RL-10 Production activity.
Leader for Russian RD-180 Engine Controls and Externals CIPT.
01/1989 to 01/1998
Responsible for control system development activities, including RL10A-4, RL10A-5 (DC-X), RL10E-1, RD-180 Russian Co-Production Demo.
01/1980 to 01/1989
Test EngineerGas Turbine Controls
Provided on-site Engineering expertise for successful F100-PW-220 Field Service Evaluation in the F-15C & D models at Nellis AFB.
Responsible for design, development and qualification of multiple electro-hydraulic fuel system components for F100-PW-100DP/220/229 & PW1120.
Recent Awards and.
Education and Training
B.S: Mechanical EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityLead technical teams to success by providing vision, planning, communication and motivation.
I make things work, close organizational gaps and satisfy customers with skill, effort and transparency, while continually improving. Mechanical Engineering
M.S: Engineering ManagementUniversity of South FloridaEngineering Management
Interests Larry A. Witherup Resume Led Engineering to win Alternate Concept Engine program, beating GE - 2016 Led Advance Programs & Technologies Employee Engagement Team to survey responses consistently 7% over P&W Engineering levels 2012 - 2016 Successfully completed HPW3000 Science & Technology engine testing -2014 Inducted to International Space Hall of Fame for Delta Clipper - X - 2013 ACE Associate Level B - 2012 Five consecutive years of 100% Mission Success for Atlas V and Delta IV rockets with RL10 Upper Stage- 2010 Five consecutive years for RL10 Program CPI & SPI within 5% of goal - 2010 Rotary Stellar National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) - 2010 Advisory Board for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Palm Beach 2010 United Launch Alliance Mission Success Coin from V. P. M. Wilkins - 2009 ACE Gold Site WPB / Engineering Cell / RL10 Program Reassessment 2009 ACE Associate Certification 2009 USAF Command Coin from General Hamel - 2008 Employee of the Quarter for PWR WPB, awarded by Dr. G. Webb in Feb. 2008 Leader for PWR Site Level ACE Initiatives at WPB for 2006. Project Achievement Award from San Fernando Engineer's Council 2006 Completed Darden Emerging Leaders Program Completed UTC Leadership Development Program Co-Chairman for PWR 2010 United Way Campaign