Alumni Achievement Award, 2008
Components created by Keith T. Pratt’s companies have been used on Mars, in the Hubble Space Telescope, and in artificial hearts. In 1993, Pratt founded Panda Precision Inc. and then acquired Schwartz Industries, calling his new venture Shared Vision LLC. Based in Warren, Michigan, the company produced precision machined parts and sub-assemblies for clients in the aerospace, automotive, defense, heavy equipment, and medical industries.
Pratt grew up on Long Island in New York. He moved to Detroit to work for General Motors, where he held positions in product development, emissions, testing, and advanced vehicle engineering at the GM Tech Center and Proving Grounds. He also has worked for IBM and enjoyed success in automobile racing, competing in road racing and Funny Car drag racing circuits.
Pratt sold his business in 2013, but has remained very active in working to improve higher education. He is a major Lawrence Tech donor and has served on the Presidential and Dean of Engineering Search Committees. He also serves his alma mater on the campaign steering committees for the College Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) and Lawrence Tech’s Proud Heritage, Bold Future Capital Campaign. He is a member of the board of directors of The Legends, LTU’s organization of entrepreneurial alumni committed to fostering and enhancing the entrepreneurial mindset in students. He also has been a presenter for LTU’s Entrepreneurial Lecture Series, and is a charter supporter of the Lawrence Tech Invitational golf outing that provides student scholarship and program support.