- Academy Member Profiles
Year Inducted / Awarded: 2020
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Paul Cheney was born in the Boston area, moved to Connecticut when he was three and has lived here ever since. Cheney was raised in Simsbury and graduated from UConn in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer Science.
He has been working at Collins Aerospace (then Hamilton Standard) since February 1985, starting as an electrical project engineer working on jet engine control electronics. In 1989, he started an MBA program at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1992. Paul worked as a project engineer with increasing responsibilities until 1999 when he took a role as a program manager, responsible for both electronic and mechanical components of small gas turbine engines.
Cheney is currently the Value Stream Leader for the Pratt and Whitney Geared Turbofan and Operational Commercial Engine engine program components, responsible for a $15M annual budget. Collins engine components include engine electronics, fuel components, speed and temperature sensors, actuators, harnesses and oil valves for these engines.
Cheney is an avid reader and enjoys mysteries, thrillers and historical fiction. His hobbies include tinkering with electronics, bike riding and enjoying the many craft beers in New England.
He married Nancy in 1990 and they have two grown children.