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Idaho State University’s AGN-201 Nuclear Reactor

Jay Kunze standing in front of the nuclear reactor

For more than 50 years, the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University has been home to an Aerojet-General Nucleonics nuclear reactor. Commonly known as the AGN-201, this reactor is one of five that are still operating in the world. This low-power reactor is commonly used for both academic and industrial research/experiments, as well as for various testing and training purposes. The AGN-201 reactor has a maximum operating power of 5 watts thermal, and is not used for the generation of electricity. Generally, licensed students from ISU operate the reactor after completion of a rigorous training course and passing a United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission exam. Having this valuable resource on campus provides students with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience operating and working on a functional nuclear reactor, and enhances the overall research capabilities here at the university.


How To Schedule a Tour:

If you would like to receive a tour of the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, please contact our Reactor Supervisor, Dr. Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, by email or telephone.

Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar
AGN-201 Reactor Supervisor
Email: mldg@isu.edu
Phone: (208)533-8111