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Holtec International CEO Kris Singh to keynote ninth annual Nuclear Night at Pitt

PITTSBURGH (October 29, 2014) … Kris Singh, PhD, President, CEO and founder of Holtec International, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Pittsburgh's ninth annual "Nuclear Night" on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm at the O'Hara Student Center on Pitt's campus. Presented by the Swanson School of Engineering's nuclear engineering program and Pitt's Center for Energy , Nuclear Night allows students to interact with representatives from the region's nuclear power industry and to learn about Pitt's nuclear engineering certificate and Master of Science programs.

"We're honored to welcome Dr. Singh, a leader in the nuclear power industry, as our keynote speaker," said Daniel G. Cole, PhD , associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and director of Pitt's nuclear engineering program. "He and his company are pioneering new technologies for the energy sector and nuclear power in particular. We look forward to hearing his insights about the emerging technology of small modular reactors."

Established in 2006, Pitt's nuclear engineering program offers post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates, as well as a master of science degree, with concentration areas in codes and standards, operations and safety, science, and systems and policy. Since 2012 faculty in the program have received more than $3 million in funding from the Department of Energy and its Nuclear Engineering University Program (NEUP), and from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Pitt also offers the only nuclear engineering massive open online course (MOOC), "A Look at Nuclear Engineering Science and Technology," through the free online education platform, Coursera.

The Pittsburgh region hosts one of the highest concentrations of nuclear power-related companies and expertise, including FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, which operates the Beaver Valley Power Station nuclear power plant in Shippingport; Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation; and Westinghouse Electric Company.

About Kris Singh
Dr. Kris Singh is the President and CEO of Holtec International, a diversified energy technology company that he founded in 1986. Dr. Singh received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1972), M.S. in Engineering Mechanics also from Penn (1969), and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University), India (1967). Dr. Singh is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the American Nuclear Society. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Over the past 40 years, he has published over sixty technical papers in the permanent literature, authored an authoritative text book on heat exchangers, and contributed to numerous monographs, symposia volumes, as well as national codes and standards. An array of patents (over 50 U.S. and foreign patents granted, and some 15 in the process of being granted) memorialize Dr. Singh's inventions over the past 40 years and form the bedrock of technology that supports Holtec International's global leadership in nuclear, solar, fossil and geothermal technologies.

Dr. Singh has held executive management positions since 1979. Since 1986, he has led Holtec International, building the company into a technological powerhouse respected for its engineered goods and services around the world with nine major operations centers in three countries and an active business presence on four continents. A firm believer in the power of the atom to power the globe, Dr. Singh has been driving the development of an innovative small modular reactor design since 2009, with the goal of making nuclear energy the paragon of safety and a commercially-attractive source of clean energy around the world.


Contact: Paul Kovach