LaGrange Park, IL - May 23, 2012 - Aris Candris, PhD, senior advisor and a member of the Westinghouse Electric Company Board of Directors, is the recipient of the 2012 Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award. He is being honored today during the Nuclear Energy Assembly held in Charlotte, North Carolina."Aris Candris is an international leader in nuclear science and technology innovation," said American Nuclear Society (ANS) President Eric P. Loewen, PhD, who will present the award. "His dedication to developing and deploying advanced reactor designs will benefit people worldwide for generations by expanding the use of clean, safe and reliable nuclear energy."
Established in 1972 by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Smyth award recognizes outstanding service in the development and safe management of nuclear energy science. It was named after Henry DeWolf Smyth to commemorate a lifetime's achievement. Smyth was a Princeton University physicist, served on the Atomic Energy Commission from 1949-54 and was a U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"Aris Candris has helped instill a commitment to excellence in the nuclear energy industry that extends far beyond the offices and production facilities of Westinghouse Electric. His leadership has been instrumental in the strides made by the company and by our industry over the past three decades," said Marvin Fertel, the Nuclear Energy Institute.s president and chief executive officer.
"I have no doubt that our industry will continue to owe him and the Westinghouse reactor design team a debt of gratitude in the decades ahead for their pioneering work to bring to market a new-generation technology to produce low-carbon electricity. The culture of innovation that Aris has fostered will help reassert American leadership in the export of nuclear energy technologies and services for many, many years to come."
Candris has had a distinguished career in nuclear services with Westinghouse Electric Company. He is the former president and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Company, a position he held from July 2008 to April 2012. Prior to serving as president and CEO, he held a variety of leadership positions. He began his Westinghouse career in 1975 as a senior engineer in the former Advanced Reactor Division.
Established in 1954, ANS is a not-for-profit professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its 11,600 members come from diverse technical backgrounds covering the full range of engineering disciplines as well as the physical and biological sciences.
For more information about the American Nuclear Society, please visit www.ans.org.