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Idaho State University’s nuclear reactor turns 50

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Photo courtesy of ISU Visual Services

Idaho State University’s AGN 201 Nuclear Reactor is celebrating its 50th year of operation on the ISU campus.

“Our students get to work with a real reactor and interact and handle real fuel, obviously while supervised,” said Adam Mallicoat, ISU reactor operator. “This is a very hands-on, unique experience that a lot people don’t even get who are working in the field. I’ve known people who have gotten PhDs in nuclear engineering and they have never touched nuclear fuel.”

The university originally received the reactor from the Idaho National Laboratory in 1965. Pictured here are Jay Kunze (left) and Adam Mallicoat (right), with the ISU AGN 201 nuclear reactor in the background.

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