Westinghouse Electric Company has appointed ANS member and Fellow Rita Baranwal chief technology officer to drive next-generation solutions for existing and new markets that align with the company’s strategy.
Baranwal’s appointment marks her return to Westinghouse, where she worked for nearly a decade in leadership positions in the global technology development, fuel engineering, and product engineering groups.
Valued leadership: “With new nuclear solutions built and implemented each day, we are thrilled to have Dr. Baranwal drive Westinghouse’s continued development of best-in-class technologies in the commercial nuclear space,” Patrick Fragman, Westinghouse president and chief executive officer, said on January 18. “With her industry-recognized leadership in the private sector and in public policy, Dr. Baranwal provides invaluable insight as she leads our global research and development initiatives and ensures Westinghouse remains at the forefront of innovative nuclear solutions.”
History: Prior to rejoining Westinghouse, Baranwal served as assistant secretary for the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, where she directed the R&D portfolio across current and advanced nuclear technologies while working with nuclear utilities, national laboratories, reactor developers, academia, and government stakeholders. She also has held senior leadership roles with Idaho National Laboratory as director of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), and she most recently was the chief nuclear officer and vice president of nuclear for the Electric Power Research Institute.
Baranwal has advanced degrees in materials science and engineering, including a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.