Did you know there is a nuclear reactor on The University of New Mexico's main campus? It's small, it's fascinating and it's part of the UNM School of Engineering's Department of Nuclear Engineering. 

“Engineering in Action: How Our Innovation is Impacting Our Community,” a periodic virtual series presented by UNM School of Engineering, will feature a demonstration of the reactor at the Feb. 26 event. 

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Carl Willis

“Five Watts and Made of Plastic: The Unique Capabilities of the Smallest Nuclear Reactor in the Country,” will be at 3 p.m. on Zoom. The presenter is Carl Willis, an instructor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and operator of the UNM nuclear reactor.

UNM’s nuclear reactor, the AGN-201M, has been on campus since 1966. Only about 30 university-owned reactors exist. In 2019, the Department of Nuclear Engineering celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reactor going “critical.”

Additional information about Engineering in Action can be found here.