About Us

Our mission is to develop and deploy nuclear-based power generating equipment that is safe, commercially competitive, and simple to use. We are committed to bringing safe, reliable, and secure nuclear energy to world markets.  

USNC is a new energy company. We vertically integrate all the stages of 4th Generation nuclear power production, strictly adhering to safety principles, through technology innovation in fuels, materials, and design practices.

USNC is based in Seattle (WA) and operates globally, employing more than 50 people. USNC has development, engineering, licensing, and marketing teams with subsidiaries in South Africa, Canada, Europe/UK, and South Korea. USNC has cooperation agreements with well-established nuclear suppliers and nuclear construction and operation companies in the U.S., Canada, South Korea, and the UK.

USNC is A Global Team

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6 countries
4 continents
50 engineers

Industrial Partners

2 world-leading industrial partners with experience in heavy machinery and modularization

R&D Partners

3 major research facilities / government laboratories
7 university research units

Our People

Francesco Venneri

Chief Scientist / Project Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratories, General Atomics, Logos Tech • Over 30 years experience as a Nuclear Engineering and Plasma Physics specialist • Co-inventor of FCM™ nuclear fuel

Mark Mitchell
President USNC-Power

Experienced Mechanical Engineer • Graphite Core Assembly & Reactor System Design Team Lead at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) • Chair of the ASME Div 5 Rules for Graphite & Composite Core Components Committee • Member of the BPV Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (III) Committee

Ritesh Budree

CIMA certified accountant with 20 years’ experience in Internal Auditing, financial planning, commercial management, and business management, including organizational control

Paolo Venneri

Leader of the USNC Advanced Projects Division • Experienced Reactor Designer • ARPA-E award winner for high-temperature moderator development • First proponent of Low Enriched Uranium fuel for space nuclear applications • Demonstrated innovator for space nuclear systems

Niel Kemp
Director for Power Plant Engineering

Head of MMR™ Plant Engineering • Plant Systems Engineer at PBMR - established the plant control philosophy and systems engineering processes and led the plant design and integration • Professional Engineer • Expert in HTGR system design and integration

Pieter Venter
Director for Nuclear Heat Supply System

Leader of Design and Development Team for Reactor and Nuclear Heat Supply System • Manager of Engineering and Director of Power Operations at a Fortune 500 EPC company in the power, mining, and oil & gas sectors • Significant HTGR experience gained as PBMR Reactor Unit Systems Engineer and Plant Lead Engineer for PBMR indirect cycle design

Mark Davies
Director for USNC United Kingdom

30 years of experience in the nuclear industry • Focus on R&D of gas-cooled reactors including AGRs and PBMR • Specialist in graphite properties development and management of irradiation programs • 2009 - 2017 member of the UK Graphite Core Committee • Member of the IAEA CRP on irradiation induced creep in graphite

Jonghwa Chang
Chief Scientist for Micro Reactors

39 years’ experience in Nuclear Industry • PhD Seoul National University Department of Nuclear Engineering • Specialist in High Temperature Gas Reactor Development and Nuclear Hydrogen • Previously Vice President for Nuclear Reactor Systems and Chief Research Advisor at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute

Won Jae Lee
Director for Core Design

Member of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute since 1981 • Managed Realistic TH System Analysis Code, VHTR Design Technologies, Nuclear Hydrogen Key Technologies, FCM™ Replacement Fuel for LWRs • Director of the Reactor Systems Technology Division of the Korean Nuclear Society

Dominique Hittner
Director for MMR™ Technology Development

35 years in Framatome / Areva (1981-2015) • Design of advanced reactors and fuel • In charge of Technology Development for the AREVA HTGR project ANTARES • Management of the R&D of the Reactor & Services Sector • Management of Euratom projects with multiple industrial and R&D partners (since 1998) • Consulting in Nuclear Engineering (since 2016)

Wendy Simon-Pearson
General Counsel

Specialist in International Energy Issues and Transnational Arbitration • Juris Doctor - The George Washington University Law School • B.A. Magna Cum Laude: Political Science and Chinese Government & Economic Affairs

Company Timeline

  • 2011

    Founded USNC

  • 2015

    Secured seed round funding

  • 2016

    Identified our first market: Canada

    Opened USNC South Africa

  • 2017

    Identified new markets in UK and Poland

  • 2018

    Opened USNC UK

    Opened USNC Korea