By Richard Rourk
Ronald K. Dailey has been named president of Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. (NFS) in Erwin.
As NFS president, Dailey will lead a workforce of about 1,000 employees and contract security personnel in the manufacture of fuel material for naval nuclear reactors used in U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers, downblending of Cold War-era government stockpiles of highly enriched uranium into material suitable for further processing into commercial nuclear reactor fuel and ongoing preparations to provide uranium conversion and purification services for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Dailey most recently served as deputy general manager for BWXT’s Syncom Space Services (S3) at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. S3 supports fabrication, transport and testing of NASA’s Space Launch System, the world’s most powerful rocket.
Previous to that, Dailey served at NFS as the engineering director.
“I am excited to have Ron return to NFS after his very successful work at S3,” said BWXT Nuclear Operations Group President Joel W. Duling. “He has an in-depth knowledge about the important work that NFS performs, and his experience at Michoud will be highly valuable as NFS continues its work to support national security.”
Dailey graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer with two patents related to solids handling technology improvements. He is a long-standing member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society.
Dailey succeeds John A. Stewart, who has moved into a new senior leadership role with BWXT’s Nuclear Services Group.
Stewart was named president of NFS on July 1, 2018. Stewart spent 25 years in the U.S. Navy, serving as a staff engineer at the Naval Reactors headquarters in Washington, D.C. and commanding officer of the Ohio-class submarine USS Tennessee before being promoted to deputy commander of Submarine Squadron Sixteen/Twenty and commanding officer of the Trident Refit Facility at Kings Bay, Georgia.