Reed Research Reactor
There are currently approximately 40 students licensed to operate the Reed reactor. In addition to operating the reactor, many students serve as senior staff and in supervisory positions.
If you are interested in bringing a class of students or another group to visit the reactor, please read this section.
Much of the work performed at the Reed reactor is in collaboration with external research groups. If you are interested in using the Reed reactor for a project, this section is for you.
We offer a 40-hour Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Class. The next class will be June 17-21, 2013.
We are certified by the State of Oregon to perform radiation meter calibrations.
Does the reactor make electricity? What happens to the radioactive waste? Can the reactor meltdown? Answers to these questions and more are here.
For incoming students
We are dependent on incoming freshmen who want to run the reactor. Without you we'd be shutdown in four years for lack of operators.
There are no prerequisites to taking the seminar. The orientation meeting is on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm in Psychology 105. Subsequent meetings are on Mondays.
The seminar is in addition to your regular class load. The seminar meets two nights every week. On Monday's at 7:30 pm there is a group seminar in lecture/discussion format. On Wednesday there is a practical lab to apply the skills necessary to operate the reactor. The Wednesday lab is repeated on Thursday to keep the labs small and so you have a choice of nights. There are homework assignments and checkoffs requirements in addition to the class time and labs. The seminar runs September through the first week of December.
Sometime around Thanksgiving, 15 students are selected to continue the program in January to get ready for the NRC exam in May. We come back two weeks BEFORE classes start in the Spring for two weeks of maintenance and work. That will be on January 9, 2012. The seminar then starts again in the same format (Monday and Wednesday/Thursday) until the end of April. Then the NRC exams consist of a three hour written exam and a four hour operational exam. They will probably be during the week of April 30, 2012.All this information will be publicized during orientation week and the first week of classes. If you somehow miss the notices, feel free to email or call after classes start.
Melinda Krahenbuhl, Ph.D.
Reed Research Reactor, Chem-102
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202-8199