PITTSBURGH, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that it has appointed Dr. Kate Jackson to the position of sr. vice president and chief technology officer. She replaces Dr. Regis Matzie who has elected to retire following 34 years in the commercial nuclear power industry.
In making the announcement, Westinghouse President and CEO Aris Candris thanked Dr. Matzie for his contributions to Westinghouse, the global nuclear energy industry, and the United States Navy, from which Dr. Matzie retired with the rank of captain in 1995 following 30 years of active and reserve service.
"Regis is a senior statesman and a recognized industry expert on next-generation technologies," Dr. Candris said. "Among many other things, his efforts were instrumental in helping the Republic of Korea to develop a forward-looking nuclear energy program that is recognized throughout the world. His work on and support for other advanced technologies, including the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, will help to ensure that the global nuclear power industry achieves its fullest potential."
In commenting on Dr. Jackson, Dr. Candris said: "Since returning to Westinghouse, where she began her career as an engineer in the former Nuclear Technology Division, Kate has made significant contributions to the formulation of our new technology development process," he said. "I am confident, therefore, that under Kate's direction and through the impressive technical capabilities that exist at every level in our organization, Westinghouse's technology leadership will continue to grow."
Dr. Jackson rejoined Westinghouse in 2008 as vice president, strategy for Research & Technology, following 17 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where she held a number of executive roles involving leadership of key technology, research and environmental initiatives. Immediately prior to joining Westinghouse, she served as executive vice president in charge of River System Operations & Environment and chief environmental officer.
Earlier, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., where she evaluated national regulations and policies that are at the intersection of engineering, technology and society. She earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Grove City College, a master's in industrial engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh, and master's and doctorate degrees in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Matzie was appointed sr. vice president and chief technology officer in October 2001. He was elected to the Board of PBMR Pty Ltd in May 2001. Previously, Dr. Matzie was responsible for the development, licensing, detailed engineering, project management, and component manufacturing of new Westinghouse light water reactors.
He joined Westinghouse as senior vice president in 2000, when Westinghouse purchased the nuclear businesses of ABB. Earlier, Dr. Matzie was vice president of nuclear systems for ABB Combustion Engineering (ABB CE) Nuclear Power in Windsor, Connecticut.
Dr. Matzie is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he obtained a B.S. in physics, and served in the U.S. nuclear submarine program for five years. He then attended Stanford University, where he earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first PWR in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States.
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