Russell Stanton graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in civil engineering in 1937. He then went to work for the DuPont company. In October of 1943, after working at various DuPont plants across the country, Stanton was sent to the Hanford site of the Manhattan Project. There, he was charged with constructing the 105 buildings that housed the nuclear reactors, including the B Reactor. Later, Stanton worked on making side shields for the piles and even helped construct a fish hatchery for the study of the effects of radiation on wildlife.