BRIDGEVILLE, Pa., Aug. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:USAP) announced today that Arthur C. Reardon, Ph.D., has been named to the newly-created position of Chief Technology Officer effective August 31, 2010. The new position was created to significantly strengthen the Company's technical support to customers as well as to provide the metallurgical expertise critical for its process improvement effort and product expansion strategy. As CTO, Dr. Reardon will lead metallurgical process development at Universal Stainless and will oversee all Company laboratory capability testing and analysis. Dr. Reardon, 46, holds a Ph.D. in Material Sciences and an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences from the University of Rochester, and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the State University of New York at Oswego. He most recently served as Director of Technology R&D for Newell-Rubbermaid Corporation, where he established fundamental research efforts and developed breakthrough technologies to bring new products to market in the cutting and hand tool industry. From 1995 to 2006, Dr. Reardon was Senior Process Metallurgist for Crucible Specialty Metals Corporation, where he designed, maintained and improved manufacturing processes for high speed and tool steel grades and worked directly with customers to resolve complex technical issues. During that time, Dr. Reardon also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, where he taught Materials, Properties and Processing in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. He is currently writing the second edition of a textbook on metallurgy for ASM International. His other posts have included Senior Metallurgist for Bausch & Lomb, Materials Engineer for Bell Corporation and Research Engineer for Seagate Magnetics. Dr. Reardon is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma – The Physics Honor Society, ASME, ASM International, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), the American Welding Society (AWS), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the American Physical Society (APS), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and Mensa International.