Robert W. Kupp
Nuclear Engineer, Retired
Stoller Corporation, and Dames & Moore
Areas of Expertise:
Mr. Robert W. Kupp - PE NY, a graduate Chemical Engineer, began his nuclear career in the Special Engineers Detachment at Oak Ridge Tennessee on the Manhattan Atom Bomb Project in World War II. During the war, and for a time afterward, he worked in the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in several key jobs. He left this position to join the Kellex Corporation (later changed to the Vitro Engineering Company) as a process engineer. Kellex, an Architect Engineering firm, had designed and built the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and had just started the design of the several post war nuclear fuel reprocessing plants at Hanford Washington. These massive plants were a requirement for the expanded plutonium weapons production at the beginning of the USÐRussian arms race and the Hydrogen Bomb development,.
Vitro Engineering subsequently designed many civilian nuclear projects and with Mr. Kupp, as their Chief Nuclear Engineer, designed one of the initial nuclear power plants in the US, Indian Point-I, on the Hudson River north of New York City.
In 1960 Mr. Kupp joined with Mr. Sidney Stoller (previously Vice President of Engineering at Vitro) to form Stoller Associates, whose primary charter was to serve the growing commercial nuclear power industry in the development of this new technology. Over the years Stoller Associates grew and as a Corporation served over half of the power utility companies in the US who were building, or were considering building, a nuclear power plant. As Vice President, Mr. Kupp directed much of this consulting work specializing in the nuclear fuel cycle, safety, and power generation economics. In addition to the Electric Utility Industry, the Department of Energy, the United Nations, and many private corporations were also clients. Supplementing his full time company work he taught nuclear engineering as an Adjunct Professor at New York Polytechnic Institute.
After Stoller, Mr. Kupp joined Dames & Moore, an engineering and environmental organization, as a Senior Consultant. In this position his major assignments were in nuclear safety, hazards analysis, and the engineering and risk assessment of nuclear waste treatment and disposal facilities. Outside of his professional career Mr. Kupp has been an avid sailor for more than 30 years, and in later years has taken up painting.
Recent Comments by Robert W. Kupp
- "Fusion has been 30 to 40 years away for the past 56 years and the fundamental problems still exist. This has not been due to funding - hundreds of mi"
Will Fusion Realize Its Potential?
- " The only bullet that is completly rational is - "Do not build any assumptions on (future)availability..." , and the other questionable bullet"
Discussion Catalyst: Fusion