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Radiation Science & Engineering Center

The Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC) was established in 1990 to manage Penn State's comprehensive nuclear research facilities, including the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, Gamma Irradiation Facility, Radioactive sources and Radiation measurement resources. The RSEC is an independent unit under the Vice President for Research and the Dean of the College of Engineering at Penn State University. The RSEC provides safe nuclear analytical and testing facilities in support of the research and education activities of faculty, staff, and students at Penn State. The Center's resources are also available to users from other universities and educational institutions, governmental agencies, and corporations as part of the public service functions of the Penn State University, symbolized by its status as the Land Grant Institution of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The RSEC facilities, most of which are housed in the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Building, are some of the most unique and flexible in the country.

Eugene Wigner Visits Penn State

Despite attempts of getting Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner to guest lecture at Penn State, the Physics Department couldn't convince him to make the journey. Instead, the Director at the Penn State Breazeale Reactor, Sam Levine, convinced Wigner to come during a chance encounter with the promise of seeing the PSBR Pulse. This is the story.

 

 Nuclear Science Week Tour

As part of Nuclear Science Week, we'll be offering a virtual tour of the Breazeale Reactor on Wedsday, October 21 at 4PM EDT. Some of our staff members will be there to take questions about the Penn State reactor and share video of it in action. Please register at the link below and keep checking back all week for more Nuclear Science Week content!

ZOOM Webinar: Penn State Virtual Reactor Tour

Dr. Ünlü received ANS Radiation Science and Technology Award

RSEC's director, Dr. Kenan Ünlü, was selected to receive the 2020 Radiation Science and Technology Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Isotopes and Radiation Division (IRD). He will be honored at the ANS Winter Meeting, held virtually from Nov. 16-19. Read more about it, here:

Dr. Unlu stands with a model of the new heavy water reflector

 

U.S. Army - Operation Nittany Lion increased deployment readiness during COVID 

RSEC is proud to have assisted the 20th CBRNE Nuclear Disablement Team 3 with their training. Read more about their exercise here:

 U.S. Army Nuclear Disablement Team 3

 

Parents & Families Weekend Virtual Open House


Thank-You to everyone who participated in the 2020 Virtual Open House! Hopefully we'll see in you in person, soon. In the meantime, keep checking in for facinating stories from the reactor's past from our alumni.


 

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On August 15, 1955 the world's first civilian nuclear reactor reached criticality on the campus of Penn State University. This year, we're celebrating 65 years under the R-2 License and preparing for many more to come.

 

Candace Davison, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, participates with OLLI at Penn State as an instructor

RSEC Eduation and Outreach is adjusting to online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Illuminating Illusions exhibit at HUB is now digital

RSEC contribution to the Penn State Museum Consortium exhibit, Illuminating Illusions, is now available online.

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RSEC featured in Research Penn State Magazine

Nuclear Options by Cherie Winner was published in Research Penn State Magazine in Fall of 2018. You can find it on page 12 or read it online.

"Research reactor fulfills Ike's vision of 'atoms for peace.'"

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Radiation Science and Engineering Center Receives $1 million DOE grant

Shaina Blunt, senior reactor operator and undergraduate student intern, at the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor control console.

65th Anniversary

 

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About

The Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC) was established to manage Penn State's comprehensive nuclear research facilities, including the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, Gamma Irradiation Facility, Radioactive sources and Radiation measurement resources. The RSEC provides safe nuclear analytical and testing facilities in support of the research and education activities of faculty, staff, and students at Penn State.

Radiation Science & Engineering Center

101 Breazeale Nuclear Reactor

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-6351