Episode 73 - Cleaner, Greener & Quieter: Transforming the Future of Flying

The best airplane can only be designed around the best engine — so says Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Company, where they’ve been transforming powered flight with an explorer’s heart and a perfectionist’s grit.

Lisa Claveloux, Pratt & Whitney’s Senior Director, Group Quality, tells the iconic brand’s history, what impacts the pandemic has had on the aerospace industry, and the more sustainable footprint that their GTF engines bring to the skies. These revolutionary geared turbofan engines have already saved more than half a billion gallons of fuel and about five million metric tonnes of CO2, while also slashing aircraft noise footprint by 75%.

Claveloux’s passion for safety drew her to the work of the SAE ITC Aerospace Engine Supplier Quality (AESQ) strategy group. She discusses the challenges in the market, the gap the SAE AS13100™ Standard fills, and why compliance is critical for enabling quality and making our skies safe for everyone.

Meet Our Guest


Senior Director, Group Quality Pratt & Whitney, A Raytheon Technologies Company 

Lisa Claveloux is an experienced and dynamic Quality executive currently leading the Group Quality organization at Pratt & Whitney, a unit of Raytheon Technologies. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units. In her role as Senior Director, Group Quality, at Pratt & Whitney, Lisa leads the core quality teams, which assure processes and systems are in place that effectively and consistently result in safe, conforming products.

Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney, Lisa held roles as Corporate Quality Manager and led the avionics and flight control quality organization at United Technologies businesses. She joined Pratt & Whitney in 2016 as Director, New Product Introduction, which included the deployment of APQP and PPAP in the supply base.

Lisa became the executive representing Pratt & Whitney at AESQ in 2018 and was recently selected as Vice Chair of the organization. She has been a strong advocate for the creation of the AS13100 standard, recently published by SAE.

Previously, Lisa worked for 23 years in the chemical processing industry. She held leadership positions in process engineering, process development, continuous improvement and quality. Her passion for process control was born from first-hand experience seeing run-away reactions of poly-methyl methacrylate, which not only ruined acrylic castings but also created a safety hazard for anyone nearby. The criticality of controlling chemical reactions has influenced her views, leading to a career in Quality.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She is a Lean Champion from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and completed the Management Development Institute at Washington University and the WPI Advanced Management Institute.

Raised on the Connecticut shoreline, Lisa is now married with three adult children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking cuisine from around the world, including her husband’s native Italy.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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