Dale Atkinson
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer
Dale Atkinson, COO CNO

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 assuming this position, Mr. Atkinson served as vice president of Energy Business & Services, vice president of Employee Development & Corporate Services, vice president of Nuclear Generation & Chief Nuclear Officer, vice president of Technical Services, Engineering manager, Quality manager, and Reactor Engineering/Fuels manager at Energy Northwest.

Before joining Energy Northwest, Mr. Atkinson was a supervisor of nuclear Startup Testing with General Electric for six years. He also provided consulting services on initial power plant testing to several utilities. Mr. Atkinson has 39 years’ experience in the nuclear power industry including five years of service as an officer serving on nuclear attack submarines in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Atkinson holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University, a Master of Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is certified as a senior reactor operator and is a former instructor on General Electric boiling water reactors and qualified as a station nuclear engineer and shift technical advisor at Columbia Generating Station. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Mr. Atkinson is a member of the Oregon State University Academy of Distinguished Engineers and is the former chairman and current member of the advisory board for the Nuclear Science and Engineering department at Oregon State University.