Robert Knudson
Vice President - Program Management Office
Robert Knudson, VP

Bob Knudson leads the Program Office of NuScale’s passively cooled small modular reactor (SMR) and related systems. He oversees the development and management of all projects assigned to the NuScale Program Office, including the standards and processes associated with project management, project controls, and risk management.

Knudson brings NuScale over 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry with an extensive background in project management, engineering, and business operations. Knudson joined NuScale from ARES Corporation, where he was responsible for project management, business operations, and business development in support of clients at the Department of Energy’s nationwide complex of nuclear research and production facilities. His team provided project management, engineering, and facility asset management services in support of new construction, existing building operations and maintenance, and decommissioning activities.

Prior to ARES, Knudson was the Manager of Engineering with National Security Technologies for the Nevada Test Site, and Director of Engineering with the site support services contractor at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Nevada, he served as design authority and design agency manager for 1,100 buildings and infrastructure systems valued at more than $700 million on a 1375 square mile federal reservation, and was responsible for an extensive portfolio of engineering projects involving nuclear research, waste management, and site infrastructure facilities.

Knudson began his career in the U.S. Air Force as a nuclear research officer. He was responsible for performing independent nuclear safety evaluations of nuclear weapon systems, including the Peacekeeper and Minuteman missile systems. After leaving the Air Force, he worked as a consultant to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in regulatory analysis and the Department of Energy in nuclear safety, engineering, operations, decommissioning, and project management.

Knudson is a graduate from the University of Illinois with B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, and holds a Project Management Professional certification.