For Joe, engineering has always been a key part of his life. With his father, grandfather, mother and uncle all being engineers, UTC and Pratt & Whitney were household names. As a judge, panelist and guest speaker at the Invention Convention, Joe is now committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers.
“I’m a product of United Technologies spearheading the Invention Convention,” said Joe Amat, Project Engineer IPT Leader at Pratt & Whitney. From kindergarten to fourth grade, he was a student-participant in the Invention Convention. “They really encouraged us to ask questions, take things apart and try to put them back together,” he reflected.
For the last two years, Joe has volunteered at the National Invention Convention. One of the most important aspects of the competition for him is that it teaches children confidence. It gives them an opportunity to display their inventions, get positive feedback and possibly win their divisions. But for those who don’t win, it teaches them an equally important lesson about engineering.
“For many of these kids, they’re some of the brightest in their class and they’ve probably never failed at anything academically. So, to have that sense of failure is important for innovation, that’s how you come up with better ideas,” says Joe. Through constructive feedback and criticism, he shows them that they can take their passion for inventing and turn it into an incredible career in engineering.
Engineers at UTC pave the way for future innovation. During Engineers Week, we are honored to showcase those who go above and beyond and who are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.
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