RPI’s Reactor Celebrates 60 Years of Operation

This week, reactor staff and students celebrated 60 years of operation at the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility. The RCF first achieved criticality on August 26, 1956. At the time it was owned by the American Locomotive Company. Since 1963, RPI has been using this unique assetĀ for research, teaching, and training.
Learn more about the RCF here and here.
Here’s to the years of research and teaching yet to come!

RPI students have the opportunity to earn a Senior Reactor Operator license at the RCF

RPI students have the opportunity to earn a Senior Reactor Operator license at the RCF

Trainee at the control panel

Trainee at the control panel

Jaron inspecting the reactor core and tank

Jaron inspecting the reactor core and tank

Critical at exactly one Watt

Critical at exactly one Watt

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