Dave Culp is acting vice president of nuclear enginnering for Duke Energy, where he is responsible for fuel purchasing, fuel mechanical and thermal-hydraulic performance, reactor core design, nuclear safety analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, spent fuel management, nuclear technical services, and fleet engineering for the seven nuclear unities operated by Duke Energy. He was named to his current position in October 2011.
Under his direction, Duke Energy has ranked among the top U.S. utilities in system-wide fuel costs for more than 10 years.
Culp has over 25 years of experience in nuclear engineering with Duke Energy. He joined the company in 1986 as an engineer and worked in various roles including fuel assembly and control component design, fuel performance, fuel reload engineering and reactor modifications. He assumed the commercial responsibility for purchasing uranium, conversion services, enrichment services and fuel fabrication services in 1995. Beginning in 1999, he incrementally assumed responsibility for spent fuel management, fuel design, and reactor core design. In 2003, Culp was named vice president of Claiborne Energy Services – a partner in the Louisiana Energy Services venture to license, construct and operate a new uranium enrichment plant in the United States.
Culp has served as chairman of the World Nuclear Fuel Market Board of Governors, an organization that promotes efficiencies in nuclear fuel markets. He has also served as chairman of the Ad Hoc Utilities Group (AHUG), an association that promotes free trade in nuclear fuel, and chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute's Utility Fuel Committee, an association aimed at improving the economics and reliability of nuclear fuel supply and use.
Culp earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Culp was born in Bitburg, Germany, where his father served in the U.S. Air Force. He is married to Lindy Culp.