Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine


Bennett M. Croswell
Vice President, F135/F119 Programs & Maintenance Data And Support Equipment (MDSE)
Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines

Bennett Croswell is vice president, F135/F119 Programs & Maintenance Data and Support Equipment (MDSE). In this role, Bennett is responsible for all activities associated with the F135 and F119 engine programs. In addition, Bennett leads Pratt & Whitney's MDSE team, supporting all military and commercial product lines and providing customers with innovative and cost-effective maintenance solutions.

Prior to his current role, Bennett held the position of vice president of Advanced Programs & Technology (AP&T) with responsibility for all advanced engine and technology programs. He was responsible for ensuring the alignment of technology development across all divisions at Pratt & Whitney. Bennett was also responsible for leading Military Development Programs which is focused on the development of next generation military engines.

In 1979, Bennett began his career with Pratt & Whitney as an analytical engineer. He has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility including key leadership roles on the Joint Strike Fighter Concept Demonstrator Program and Executive Assistant to the President, Military Engines. In 2001, Bennett was named F119 program director leading the completion of the F119 Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) program for the F-22 Raptor and the transition of that engine to production and the field. In August 2004, he was named vice president of the F119 Program. In September 2005, he was named vice president, Military Development Programs, with responsibility for Military Engines' advanced programs, a role he continued to support when he lead the AP&T organization.

Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1979, and a Master of Business Administration degree in aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1989. In 1993, he graduated from the Defense Systems Management College in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Bennett has authored several papers published by technical societies and has lectured at the University of Tennessee Short Course on Propulsion and the Purdue University Short Course on Winged Flight Vehicles. He is also a member of the University of Tennessee Aerospace Advisory Board, the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Army Aviation Association of America and the Navy League. He has been a part of two teams that were awarded the Collier Trophy, the first was in 2001, for the development of the Integrated Lift Fan Propulsion System for the JSF Program and the second in 2006, for the successful fielding of the F-22 Raptor.