Mining Engineering

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Welcome to Mining Engineering

NARM Field Trip at Peabody's North Antelope Rochelle Mine


Minerals have been essential to man since our beginning. An adequate supply of mineral products at acceptable prices is the indispensable basis of any modern industrial nation. The demand for minerals of all kinds is higher today than ever before, and it continues to increase as the nations of the world strive to improve their standards of living. It is the task of the mineral industry and the people in it to supply these needs. The function of the mining engineer is to apply knowledge of pertinent scientific theory, engineering fundamentals, and improved technology to recover natural resources.

Since the school was founded more than a century ago to train gold rush miners, mining engineering has changed greatly, becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, incorporating advance technologies and capitalizing on new scientific discoveries. This led the department to include the Earth Systems Engineering specialty, which focuses on geomechanics underground construction, tunneling and excavation engineering, in addition to the core mining engineering program.


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