Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer
Dale Atkinson, chief operating officer & chief nuclear officer, joined NuScale Power in 2014. In his current position, he is responsible for Operations, Engineering, Projects, Supply Chain Services, Quality Assurance, Human Resources, and Regulatory Affairs.
Prior to joining NuScale, Atkinson worked at Energy Northwest and served as chief nuclear officer & vice president of Nuclear Generation, vice president of Energy Business Services, vice president of Technical Services, Engineering manager, Quality manager, and Reactor Engineering/Fuels manager.
Before his time at Energy Northwest, Atkinson was a supervisor of Nuclear Startup Testing with General Electric and was a former instructor on General Electric boiling water reactors. He is certified as a senior reactor operator and is also qualified as a station nuclear engineer and shift technical advisor at Columbia Generating Station. Atkinson has 41 years of experience in the nuclear power industry, including five years of service as an officer serving on nuclear attack submarines in the U.S. Navy and has provided consulting services on initial power plant testing to several utilities.
Atkinson holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University, a Master of Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Atkinson is a member of the Oregon State University Academy of Distinguished Engineers, a member of the Oregon State University Dean of Engineering’s Leadership Council, and is the former chairman of the advisory board for the Nuclear Science and Engineering department at Oregon State University.