Jerud E. Hanson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

In 2018, Jerud Hanson formed USA Nuclear, a consulting firm consisting of nuclear professionals specializing in resolving issues relating to nuclear non-proliferation, commercial nuclear power, and nuclear material storage. This includes resolving regulatory and safety matters relating to commercial nuclear energy production, nuclear non-proliferation, and advanced nuclear technology development. USA Nuclear’s efforts are highly focused on assisting government and private industry stakeholders in matters related to national security and defense as it pertains to non-proliferation efforts, nuclear energy, and nuclear material security.

Prior to forming USA Nuclear in 2018, Hanson spent 10 years at the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, DC, which is the policy organization for the U.S. nuclear industry and represents the industry in addressing generic technical and regulatory issues before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); as well as policy and legislative activities with Congress and the Executive Branch. During his career at NEI, he led industry-wide activities from the Subsequent License Renewal (SLR) program that will sustain the commercial nuclear power industry for 80 years of operation, to the Digital Instrumentation and Control (DI&C) initiative to upgrade and modernize safety and non-safety related I&C systems at commercial nuclear power plants. He has also worked closely with the commercial nuclear industry and NRC to establish multiple policies impacting physical protection and cybersecurity across the entire U.S. nuclear reactor fleets. He has worked closely with Department of Energy, INPO, EPRI, DHS, FBI and other key associations to ensure the safety and continued operation of this critical infrastructure.

From 2002 until joining NEI in 2009, he was a member of the Security Division at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California, where he was responsible for overseeing the physical protection of the site, managing safeguards to programs and projects, and ensuring the site’s compliance with security regulations and policy.

Hanson has almost 20 years of experience working with the electric utility industry, government, and NGOs on issues related to physical protection, cybersecurity, licensing, and plant modernization.

He currently leads USA Nuclear’s efforts in building partnerships with DOE national laboratories, government agencies, nuclear industry stakeholders, and the private sector to support domestic and international initiatives needed to sustain nuclear technology within the United States and throughout the world.

Prior to beginning his career as a nuclear professional, Hanson served in the U.S. Marines. He holds a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership and a master’s in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University in California. He successfully completed the Project Management Professional Program (PMP) at CalTech and the Nuclear Power Plant Safety Program for Utility Executives at MIT.