Steve Kuczynski is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Nuclear in Birmingham, Alabama. He is responsible for all operations of Southern Company’s six nuclear reactors, as well as new nuclear development initiatives, including the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4.
Kuczynski has more than 33 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Previously, he was the senior vice-president of engineering and technical support for Exelon Nuclear, responsible for the performance of outage services, training, emergency preparedness, security, chemistry, radiation protection, operations, maintenance, work control, and industrial safety for the Exelon Nuclear fleet. Prior to that, Kuczynski was the senior vice-president of Exelon Nuclear’s Midwest Operations. In that role, he was responsible for oversight of Exelon Nuclear’s six Illinois operating facilities and 11 reactors.
Kuczynski serves as a member of the Terrestrial Power Industry Advisory Board, and the board of advisors of X-Energy, a nuclear reactor and fuel design engineering services company. Kuczynski served as chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) Advanced Reactor Working Group and the New Plant Advisory Committee. He also previously served on the board of directors and the executive committee of NEI, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations National Nuclear Accrediting Board, as well as the advisory boards for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, and the Department of Energy’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear. He has served on advisory boards for Georgia Institute of Technology’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program and Fluoride High Temperature Reactor Program, Holtec International Small Modular Reactor advisory council and ClearPath advisory Board.
Kuczynski received the Special Achievement Award from the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council and the Presidential Citation from the American Nuclear Society.
Kuczynski holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He earned a senior reactor operator license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.