Chris Levesque


Chris Levesque

Chris Levesque, President of TerraPower, has overall responsibility for operations and corporate administration. Levesque brings executive leadership to further TerraPower’s growth and pursue the development of its flagship technology, the traveling wave reactor. His proven track record in scoping, planning and implementing projects to meet the highest standards began with his service in the U.S. Nuclear Navy and features more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear power business, most recently leading major nuclear engineering, procurement and construction projects.

Prior to joining TerraPower, Levesque was a vice president at Westinghouse Electric Company and overall consortium project director for the Virgil C. Summer nuclear project, one of the first new reactor construction efforts in the U.S. in several decades. In this role, he had overall management responsibility for the delivery of this dual-unit nuclear project. Prior to Westinghouse, Levesque was the AREVA deputy project director at Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 nuclear project, the largest-ever industrial project in northern Europe. Before his assignment in Finland, he led the formation of AREVA’s joint venture with Newport News Shipbuilding, AREVA Newport News, for which he served as Chairman of the Board and president.

Levesque has extensive experience with the nuclear industrial base and nuclear component manufacturing. Earlier in his career, Levesque served as the manager of engineering and manufacturing at Westinghouse’s Newington, N.H., component manufacturing facility, and he has served in multiple management positions at two nuclear-capable shipyards. Levesque began his career as a nuclear submarine officer and qualified as chief engineer on the USS Boise (SSN 764).

Levesque holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and naval engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Media Coverage

  • Will Trump Back Bill Gates’ Dream of a Renaissance?

    Speaking with TerraPower’s Chris Levesque, John Fialka provides an in-depth update on TerraPower’s work on advanced reactor designs.

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  • TerraPower, Growing, Pushes Two Advanced Reactor Designs Forward

    Bill Freebairn’s focused story on TerraPower features an interview with TerraPower President Chris Levesque, who covers updates on both the traveling wave reactor and molten chloride fast reactor designs.

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  • Advanced Reactor Developers See Potential for Lower Costs Versus LWRs

    Michael McAuliffe and Steven Dolley offer an update on the advanced reactor development industry and the potential economic benefits of such technology. Notably, they highlight TerraPower’s progress on the traveling wave reactor.

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  • TerraPower Picks SPX FLOW to Design Pumps for Nuclear Reactor

    In early December, TerraPower named SPX FLOW Inc. as a supply partner. SPX FLOW will provide the primary sodium pumps for TerraPower’s traveling wave reactor (TWR). TerraPower President Chris Levesque lauded the partnership.

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  • Technique Creates New Fuel from Depleted Uranium

    Joseph Campbell writes about the joint efforts of TerraPower and Idaho National Laboratory to restore metallic fuel fabrication capabilities to the U.S. industry. The team recently completed the first successful depleted uranium extrusion, an important step in TerraPower’s program to develop traveling wave reactor fuel.

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