Argonne National Laboratory

Though decades old, nuclear energy’s story is beginning a new chapter.

December 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first artificial nuclear chain reaction, which was achieved under the viewing stands of the University of Chicago’s original Stagg Field at the direction of Enrico Fermi, Argonne National Laboratory’s first director.

That major scientific feat precipitated the development of nuclear power plants that have electrified millions of homes, businesses and factories around the world. Though decades old, nuclear energy’s story is beginning a new chapter.

Join us on October 26, when nuclear engineer Dave Grabaskas describes the journey nuclear energy has undertaken since that consequential December day, and explains what the future of nuclear energy may look like and the role that Argonne and the University of Chicago will have in it. 

Our speaker:
Dave Grabaskas, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Engineering Division

For your convenience, you may bring a meal to eat or purchase food at the 401 Grill on the lower level. Tables and chairs are available nearby in The Gallery.  OutLoud Lectures are free community events, but advanced registration is required. All guests 16 and older must register.

Non-U.S. citizens planning to attend this lecture are strongly encouraged to complete all registration requirements by Thursday, October 12. 

If you have questions about the Argonne OutLoud series, please contact us at 630-252-5501 or


Thursday, October 26

  • 5-7 p.m. - Reception and displays
  • 5-6:30 p.m. | Bus tour's to Argonne's Nuclear Exhibit
  • 7-8 p.m. - Presentation and audience Q&A


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9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439