Cynthia Pezze, chief technology officer of Westinghouse
Electric Company, LLC, has been honored by Pittsburgh Business
Times with a Women in Energy Leadership award. This is the
first year for the award program, which was created to honor women
leaders in the region's energy sector, including Western Pennsylvania,
Ohio and West Virginia.
As chief technology officer, Pezze is responsible for overseeing
development of innovative technologies that create customer success and
further solidify Westinghouse’s position as a global technology leader.
This includes, most recently, proposed collaboration with the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) on an innovative Westinghouse
lead-cooled fast reactor that will be designed to achieve new levels
of energy affordability, safety and flexibility.
Mark Marano, president, Westinghouse Americas Region said, “Our
customers look to Westinghouse for innovative solutions. Cindy leads the
team that ensures that we identify the very best ideas – internally
through comprehensive evaluation against defined criteria and
externally, through collaboration with national and international
laboratories, universities and industry – and develop those ideas into
innovative technologies that ultimately help our customers reach their
In addition to driving technology development through innovation, Pezze
is responsible for ensuring a robust career path for Westinghouse’s
global workforce of technical leaders. Mentoring is a core competency
for all Westinghouse’s technical leaders, and Pezze is a powerful
advocate and active participant. At a recent meeting of the company’s
top leadership team, Pezze was lauded with the Westinghouse Talent
Management award for her role in promoting and engaging in mentoring
“Everyone should mentor, either formally or informally,” Pezze noted.
“My personal experiences, derived from 30 years with Westinghouse in a
variety of engineering and manufacturing roles, are useful only if I can
share them with others. If I would have one legacy in my career, it
would be that I helped many men and women succeed, and that mentoring
has been an important factor.”
Pezze serves on boards for the University of Pittsburgh Center for
Energy, Duquesne University undergraduate business program and
University of California Berkeley nuclear program. She is an active
member of Women in Nuclear, the Society of Women Engineers and the ASME
Industry Advisory Group, as well as executive sponsor for the Westinghouse
Science Honors Institute.
Pezze holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from Allegheny College and
metallurgical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She has
completed executive management programs at Duquesne University’s Beard
Institute and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
She works at the company’s headquarters site in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba
Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy
company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and
technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied
the world's first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 in
Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for
approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants,
including more than 50 percent of those in Europe.
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