CANOGA PARK, CA-Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne was named first in the nation by the Association of Diversity Councils for its outstanding contributions and achievements in promoting diversity in its workforce, workplace and marketplace. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company.

"This is an amazing honor," says Darold Sawyer, manager of diversity and equal employment opportunity pprograms, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. "Not only does it recognize our company's commitment to diversity, but it shows our Diversity Council's continued commitment to enhancing the spirit of diversity and making Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne an employer of choice."

The Second Annual Diversity Council Honors Awards were presented to the top 25 organizational diversity councils in the United States during a ceremony at the 11th Annual Summit on Leading Diversity in Atlanta, GA. As part of the selection process, a panel of independent judges evaluated at least 50 applicants based on contributions and achievements in four categories: demonstrated council results; demonstrated management commitment; measurement and accountability; and communication and education.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines.