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Jim Little

Chair, Carolinas Nuclear Cluster Executive Vice President, Business Development, Atkins Nuclear Solutions

Jim is the executive vice president of business development for Atkins Nuclear Solutions which provides specialty analysis and engineering services to the nuclear industry. Atkins Nuclear Solutions is a subsidiary of Atkins Global which is a multinational engineering, design project management services company headquartered in the UK and employs 17,500 personnel in 300 offices across 29 countries. Jim is a 42 year veteran of the nuclear industry and provided consulting services to nuclear energy organizations after retiring from URS Corporation where he was senior vice president of nuclear energy programs for URS, leading the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and services for URS for domestic and international clients.

Prior to this, Jim served as president and CEO of Washington Safety Management Solutions (WSMS) LLC, a subsidiary company of Washington Group International, which provided specialty safety and risk management services to the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and commercial clients. Under his leadership, the business experienced significant growth, integrating the specialized consulting services of WSMS into a robust, full-life-cycle-solutions provider to federal and commercial sector clients.

Previously, Jim was president and CEO of Washington Group’s West Valley Nuclear Services Company at the Department of Energy West Valley Demonstration Project where he directed the efforts of a multi-billion dollar project for the first successfully completed solidification effort for liquid high level radioactive nuclear waste in the United States.

Jim began his professional career in the commercial nuclear power industry working for the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he held a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in nuclear energy systems in the areas of systems engineering, licensing and regulatory services for domestic and international clients in the nuclear power industry.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an advisory board member for the University of North Carolina Charlotte Energy Production Infrastructure Center and serves as the industry representative on the South Carolina Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council.


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