Leadership Speaker Series: Speakers
The Need for Nuclear Energy in Our Nation's Energy Portfolio
Aris Candris, (E'74, '78)
Chief Executive Officer
Westinghouse Electric Company
Pradeep K. Khosla, (E'84, '86)
Dean of the College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew J. Gellman
Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Edward S. Rubin
The Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science
Professor, Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Aris Candris became president and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Company on July 1, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Candris served as senior vice president, Nuclear Fuel, providing fuel fabrication, components and services to commercial nuclear power plants worldwide.
Prior to this role, which he assumed in September 2006, Dr. Candris served as senior vice president in charge of the Nuclear Services business unit. He first held this position in 2000 and resumed the role in 2004 after completing a special assignment as senior vice president, Operational Excellence, from June 2003 through August 2004, during which time he developed the formative stages of the Westinghouse Customer 1st initiative.
From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Candris was vice president and general manager of the Nuclear Services business unit; vice president of Nuclear Services operations; director of Nuclear Services projects; and director of Nuclear Technology. Between 1980 and 1995, Dr. Candris managed Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Services organizations in the areas of operating plant marketing; strategic operations; nuclear safety analysis and strategic development; functional design; reliability technologies; and reliability engineering. He began his Westinghouse career in 1975 as a senior engineer in the former Advanced Reactor Division.
Dr. Candris holds a B.A. in physics, math and engineering from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Transylvania University, the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute and The World Nuclear Association Boards of Directors.
Andrew J. Gellman received his B.S. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. Thereafter he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University in physical chemistry. He became a faculty member of the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1995. He was appointed the Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1999. Dr. Gellman also holds adjunct appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and in Chemistry. In 2003 he was appointed Department Head of Chemical Engineering. He promulgated a $26 million renovation of Doherty Hall between 2004 and 2007. He is the founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions, an outgrowth of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, in 2007.
Pradeep K. Khosla is Dean of the College of Engineering, Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor in the College of Engineering and School of Computer Science, and Founding Director of CyLab at Carnegie Mellon. His previous positions include: Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Information Networking Institute; Founding Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems; and Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed a $50 million portfolio of programs in real-time systems, internet enabled software infrastructure, intelligent systems, and distributed systems.
Dr. Khosla is a consultant to companies and venture capitalists and has served on the technology advisory boards of many start-ups and currently serves on several advisory boards including Iron Leaf Capital Corporation, iNetworks LLC, ITU Ventures, and Alcoa CIO's Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Quantapoint Inc., BitArmor Inc., the Children's Institute, the IIT Foundation, Mellon-Pitt (MPC) Corporation, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI), Doyle Center, and Pittsburgh Technology Council. He is a member of the IT advisory committee, CSIRO, Australia, and a member of ITU High Level Experts Group for the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). He has served as a member of the Strategy Review Board for Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Council of Deans of the Aeronautics Advisory Committee, NASA; National Research Council Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design; and Senior Advisory Group for the DARPA Program on Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems.
Edward S. Rubin's research deals with technical, economic and policy issues related to energy and the environment, with a focus on reducing environmental impacts of electric power systems. One major product of this research is the Integrated Environmental Control Model (IECM)—a widely-used tool for engineering-economic design and analysis of current and advanced power generation systems, including pulverized coal combustion, integrated coal gasification combined cycle, and natural gas combined cycle systems. Current emphasis is on the modeling and assessment of CO2 capture and sequestration options for climate change mitigation, and the potential of advanced renewable energy systems.
Recent research also has examined the role of government policies on the nature and pace of technological innovation to meet environmental goals. Learning curves derived from historical case studies have been applied to estimate future costs of carbon sequestration systems and the global impacts of alternative climate policies. Additional research in these areas is done collaboratively with colleagues in the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, the Climate Decision Making Center and the CCSReg Project.
Dr. Rubin serves on committees of the National Research Council studying climate change mitigation policies, energy R&D planning, and alternative transportation technologies. He was a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Rubin was founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and the Environmental Institute. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award from Carnegie Mellon.
Jay Whitacre earned a B.A. in physics from Oberlin College in 1994, and his master's (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in materials science and engineering (MSE) from the University of Michigan. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at The California Institute of Technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) from 1999 to 2000. He accepted a technical staff position at the JPL and was promoted to Senior Member Technical Staff in 2003, where he worked to develop materials systems for energy storage technologies. In 2007, Dr. Whitacre became an assistant professor of MSE at Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. His current research focuses on synthesizing and implementing promising materials and device architectures for energy storage and generation technologies. Dr. Whitacre holds a joint appointment in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, where he studies the policy implications of materials and technologies for the energy sector. These topics include the economics of scaled production, lifecycle analyses, the implications of broad adoption of new energy technologies, large-scale energy storage devices, and concurrent engineering analyses of power systems. He received the George Tallmann Ladd Research Award from the College of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding early-career research in the development of materials, practical devices, and informed public policy for bulk electrical storage.