National Nuclear Security Administration

Uranium Processing Facility project leader hailed as Federal Project Director of the Year

March 29, 2018

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Dale Christenson, left, accepts his Federal Project Director of the Year award from Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy.
Dale Christenson, left, accepts his Federal Project Director of the Year award from Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy.

Dale Christenson, NNSA’s Federal Project Director for the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project at the Y-12 National Security Complex, has been honored as the Department of Energy’s Federal Project Director of the Year for 2017.

Christenson successfully led the UPF project team to several major milestones, including the delivery of the final design and completion of the project’s first two construction subprojects on schedule and under budget.

His leadership has ensured that the project remains on track to follow through on the commitment to Congress to deliver UPF for $6.5 billion by 2025, assuming stable funding through the duration of the project.

Prior to joining UPF, Christenson served as the Federal Project Director for the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility Project at Y-12, which was also delivered ahead of schedule and under budget.

He served eight years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s Naval Nuclear Reactor program as a qualified submarine officer and 22 years as a Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer.

Christenson received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Maryland.