UPS Reactor Project
Welcome to the University of Puget Sound’s Fusion Reactor Project. We are an interdisciplinary team of students at the University of Puget Sound working together to construct, operate, and maintain an inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) fusion reactor. We hope to use the reactor to complete new research on fusion reactor systems, inspire new generations of scientists, and much more.
This project will allow us to apply our many diverse skills in a real-world system. Through hands-on self-directed problem solving, we are gaining valuable skills by building and operating such a complex machine. Once completed, the reactor will also provide an opportunity for future research projects.
Our fusion reactor project became the impetus for a new course offered in Spring 2021, Physics 202 – Research in Fusion Reactor Physics, which is a theoretical and practical, inquiry-based and student-centered course exploring the principles of nuclear fusion. It is open to all students, regardless of their major and background.
We are grateful for the support of the UPS Physics Department for their support and guidance, for providing the building materials and access to a lab room that made our engineering musings a reality.
Follow our building progress and technical insights on our blog or read the technical background of our fusion reactor on our About page.