In recent months three NSE alums, Michael Corradini, Marc Goldsmith, and Ray Rothrock, have assumed leadership roles in three major professional organizations.
Michael Corradini SM ’77 PhD ’79, officially became the 57th President of the American Nuclear Society on June 28 2012. Upon taking office Corradini outlined some major goals and objectives for the Society during his upcoming term — updating the strategic plan to continue to improve services available to members and build membership; focusing on improving nuclear science and technology education at all levels from K-12 students to the media and national leaders; and continuing to move the Society’s financial status to a more sound footing.
Corradini continues a long and fruitful association between the Department and the American Nuclear Society. Professor Manson Benedict, the founder and first head of the Department, served as ANS President in 1962–3, and in more recent years alums Dr. Gail Marcus and Dr. Andy Kadak have each led the ANS.
This past spring NSE students had an opportunity to meet Corradini during his stay in the Department as a Visiting Professor, offering a special graduate course on reactor safety and severe reactor accidents.
Marc W. Goldsmith NE ’72, took office as the 131st president of ASME on June 5, 2012. An expert in energy and nuclear engineering, Goldsmith pledged continued support for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education,while urging current and future generations of engineers to embrace humanitarian mandates around the world.
“We are sowing the seeds of a great future for humanity and for engineers,” said Goldsmith in his inaugural speech at the ASME Annual Meeting. Among other aims for ASME, said Goldsmith, is the global expansion of the Society’s renowned safety standards and certification programs and related initiatives to steer engineers of all age groups to leadership positions in industry, government, and academia.
Focusing on STEM education, Goldsmith reaffirmed the goal of ASME to bolster programs and activities that raise awareness of engineering in the K–12 school years, thus inspiring young people to take career pathways in engineering. “I see a great journey of hope and inspiration,” he said.
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On April 24, 2012 Ray Rothrock SM ’78 began his term as chair of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) for 2012–2013.
Rothrock, whose investing activities focus on energy and information technology, commented that “the venture capital industry must continue to evolve in its support of innovation.” The NVCA is the leading association representing the venture capital industry in the United States, and includes more than 400 members. “There is much to be thankful for and much to look forward to for the venture capital industry in the coming year,” said Rothrock. “Our mission must remain to back great entrepreneurs whose visions for new companies and new industries are essential to America’s growth and prosperity.”
Rothrock recently presented an investor’s perspective on nuclear technology to students in NSE’s Managing Nuclear Technology class.
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“Focusing on improving nuclear science and technology education at all levels from K-12 students to the media and national leaders.”
“We are sowing the seeds of a great future for humanity and for engineers.”
“Our mission must remain to back great entrepreneurs whose visions for new companies and new industries are essential to America’s growth and prosperity.”