James Kasdorf

Director of Special Projects, PSC
PHOTO: Jim Kasdorf at the podium in Mellon Auditorium

Thank you Beverly.

One of the challenges about following five such insightful and eloquent speakers is that there is nothing left to say. But that’s never stopped me before.

I must announce, to comply with University policy, Michael, Ralph and I will not sing “Three Little Maids from School Are We” from the Mikado. I know that will disappoint some of you - not many.

I do, however, wish to reinforce two important points.

First: All of the wonderfully powerful computers we’ve deployed over the past two decades clearly have substantially advanced science and engineering research in the U.S.

BUT - it is really the PSC staff that’s unique. It’s their experience, expertise and just plain hard work that have made these advances possible. Thank you gang.

When our user services staff heard that Big Ben had crashed, they were very upset. They wanted to know when it would be back up. When they heard it was the Steelers quarterback who’d crashed, they were relieved.

Second: PSC’s successes over the past twenty years have been significant and abundant.

BUT - What I’m really excited about is what we’ll accomplish in the next twenty years. Like Chancellor Nordenberg, I hope to be wheeled in here for the fortieth anniversary.

It’s my pleasure to welcome Dr. Aris Candris today. As senior vice president of Westinghouse in charge of Nuclear Services, Dr. Candris leads all of Westinghouse’s global activities related to the support of commercial nuclear power plants. His business does everything except provide the fuel to run the plants.

A self-described “technology geek” with a keen appreciation for high-powered computers, Dr. Candris holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, math and engineering from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

He’s here today - on his birthday - representing Westinghouse Electric Company.

Happy birthday, Aris.