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CMU's College of Engineering Launches Leadership Speaker Series
With Westinghouse Electric Company CEO and Alumnus Aris Candris
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's top-ranked College of Engineering
launches a new Leadership Speaker Series Oct. 11 by hosting Westinghouse Electric Company CEO Aris Candris, who will discuss the role of nuclear power in today's energy-constrained world. Candris will speak at 5 p.m. in Porter Hall 100.
Pradeep K. Khosla, the Dowd University Professor and dean of CMU's College of Engineering, said the new speaker series will serve as a catalyst for bringing international leaders to campus to discuss critical issues from energy and the environment to public policy and cybersecurity.
"We are both honored and pleased to kick off this dynamic speaker series with a world-renowned energy expert and a Carnegie Mellon alum," Khosla said.
Candris, who received a master's degree in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 1978, both in nuclear engineering from Carnegie Mellon, became president and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Company on July 1, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Candris served as a senior vice president of Nuclear Fuel, providing fuel fabrication, components and services to nuclear power plants worldwide.
"With the need to meet the growing demand for energy, the world is looking to sources that don't emit greenhouse gases," said Candris, who began his Westinghouse career in the former Advanced Reactor Division. "Nuclear energy is experiencing a resurgence because it provides clean, safe and reliable energy, and it's quite attractive economically when compared to other sources of clean energy."
Currently, the 104 nuclear reactors in operation in 31 states provide only 20 percent of the nation's electricity. But they are responsible for 70 percent of the power from pollution-free sources, including wind, solar and hydroelectric dams.
In addition to discussing the nuclear renaissance worldwide, Candris also will talk about the factors that are causing the growing need for energy and a comparison of yesterday's and today's nuclear industry. He will be joined in the discussion by a panel of Carnegie Mellon energy experts, moderated by Khosla, a distinguished member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Carnegie Mellon panel members include: Andrew J. Gellman
, head of the Chemical Engineering Department and director of a new consortium created to support the research program of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratory system; Edward S. Rubin
, the Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science and a professor of engineering and public policy and mechanical engineering; and Jay Whitacre
, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering and engineering and public policy.
Pictured above is Westinghouse Electric Company CEO and CMU alumnus Aris Candris.