Francis R. Preli, Jr. - Vice President, Engineering
...Francis R. Preli, Jr.Vice President, Engineering, UTC Fuel Cells Francis R. Preli Jr. is vice president, engineering for UTC Fuel Cells, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). UTC Fuel Cells
is the world leader in fuel cell production and development for commercial, transportation, residential and space applications.UTC Fuel Cells
is the sole supplier of fuel cells for U.S. space missions and have been producing a commercial fuel cell power plant since 1991. Preli
directs more than 250 engineers and scientists engaged in research and product development for UTC Fuel Cells
, including development of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack technology to serve residential, commercial and transportation markets. Preli joined UTC in 1978 as an assistant materials engineer at Pratt & Whitney.He held positions of increasing responsibility at Pratt, including manager of materials and mechanics engineering, manager of quality and business process effectiveness, and manager of technology and production readiness. Preli joined UTC Fuel Cells in 1998 as director of engineering.He was named vice president, engineering in November 2000. Preli earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Connecticut.He also earned an MBA at the university.