ETEC: UPF Project, Dale Christenson, NNSA & John Howanitz, CNS

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ETEC: UPF Project, Dale Christenson, NNSA & John Howanitz, CNS

February 7 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

Dale Christenson
Federal Project Director
UPF Project Office
U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Mr. Christenson is the Federal Project Director for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Project at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. He was honored in March 2018 as DOE’s Federal Project Director of the Year.
He previously served as the UPF Deputy Federal Project Director. He has over 15 years’ experience in the nuclear operations field and over 20 years in Department of Energy (DOE) project management. Prior to joining UPF, he was the Federal Project Director on multiple capital line item projects at Y-12 including the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility Project (HEUMF), the Security Improvements Project and the Beryllium Capabilities Project. The HEUMF Project was completed over 2 months ahead of schedule and $25 million under budget and he was awarded the NNSA Award of Excellence by the NNSA Administrator for his leadership.

Mr. Christenson served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 8 years in the Naval Nuclear Reactor program as a qualified submarine officer, and 22 years as a Navy Reserve Engineering Duty Officer. He retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy in 2013 following 30 years of commissioned service. Mr. Christenson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Maryland.


John Howanitz
Senior Vice President and Project Director
Uranium Processing Facility
Consolidated Nuclear Security

John Howanitz is the senior vice president and project director for the Uranium Processing Facility. In this role, he directs all Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC activities associated with this facility, which will replace World War II–era production facilities. CNS manages and operates the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Howanitz also is a senior vice president with Bechtel, one of the world’s leading engineering and construction companies.

During his 35 years with Bechtel, Howanitz has gained extensive program and project management, site management, construction, and nuclear operations/commissioning experience. In his previous position as senior vice president and general manager of Nuclear Security & Operations for Bechtel National, Inc., he oversaw a portfolio of U.S. government projects critical to the nation’s nuclear security.

Previously, he served as senior vice president and general manager for Bechtel Nuclear Security & Operations. In that role, he held responsibility and accountability for all Bechtel scope associated with the U.S. and UK nuclear deterrent. That portfolio exceeded $6 billion per year in revenue.

From 2006–2011, Howanitz was the senior Bechtel representative at the Y-12 National Security Complex, valued at approximately $1 billion per year with more than 4,500 employees.

From 2002–2006, he was the senior site manager at the Nevada Test Site Operations where he executed a diverse scope of work. He was responsible for more than 1,300 employees.

Howanitz holds a bachelor of science degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


February 7
7:30 am - 8:30 am
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