Company: B&W Conversion Services
Location: Lexington, KY, United States
After serving in the United States military in the Vietnam War, George Edwards Dials began working in the energy industry. He worked for a coal company, which exposed him to the facets of the field, and was recruited by other companies soon thereafter. Mr. Dials joined B&W in February 2006 and served as the president and CEO of its Y-12 LLC program and as the executive vice president of the technical services group before assuming his current position in January 2011. A strong leader and manager, Mr. Dials is responsible for building strategic plans, handling the budget, maintaining operations, and running two manufacturing facilities. He is also tasked with the final testing, startup, and steadily increasing conversion operations of a first-of-a-kind nuclear material processing facilities in the United States designed to convert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) to a stable uranium oxide product for ultimate disposal and hydrofluoric acid for sale under contract to an established commercial customer.
Mr. Dials’s career in nuclear waste management, energy and national security spans four decades. A results-driven professional, Mr. Dials worked the for U.S. Department of Energy, ICF Kaiser International, Inc., Waste Control Specialist LLC, and Louisiana Energy Services, as well as other reputable companies before joining B&W’s team. Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Dials has led numerous projects in the area of waste management, and has been noted for turning around complex problems and leading organizations to better performances. For his exceptional work, he earned the Wendell D. Weart Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Waste Management Symposium in 2012, which is the top honor in the field of nuclear waste management. He was also honored with the U.S. Department of Energy Exceptional Service Medal, and Distinguished Public Service Award from the state of New Mexico.
Aside from his hand-on contributions to the industry, Mr. Dials also shares his knowledge through publishing his work. Some of his more prominent publications include:
- “There is New Light in the Tunnel for a National Energy Policy in the USA
- ” Proceeding WM ’06, February 2006, Tucson, AZ
- “A Rationalized Nuclear Fuel Cycle.” Nuclear Engineering Colloquim, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 2006
- “Progress Toward New LLW- Disposal Capacity in the USA.” 10th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, September 4-8, 2005, Glasgow, Scotland;
- “A Holistic Approach for the Disposition of Long-Lived Radioactive Materials.” Proceeding WM ’03, February 23-27, 2003, Tucson, Arizona
- “Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project.” Presentation at Framatome Cogema Fuels’ Interactive Forum, “IDEAS ’99,” Sea Island, Georgia, November 9, 1999
Mr. Dials earned a Master of Science in nuclear engineering, a Master of Science in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in engineering at the United States Military Academy West Point. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society.
Mr. Dials attributes his success to the United States Military Academy at West Point. It was there he developed his leadership skills. Looking toward the future, he intends to make contributions to other complex problems.
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