The Mining Engineering Department focuses on the following fundamental areas:

  • Geomechanics, Rock Mechanics and Stability of Underground and Surface Excavation
  • Computerized Mine Design and Related Applications (including Geostatistical Modeling)
  • Advanced Integrated Mining Systems Incorporating Mine Mechanization and Mechanical Mining Systems
  • Underground Excavation (Tunneling) and Construction
  • Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations, Modeling and Design in Geoengineering
  • Rock Fragmentation
  • Mineral Processing, Communition, Separation Technology
  • Bulk Material Handling

Research Centers

Advanced Explosives Processing Research Group

The AXPRO mission is to leverage the research, facilities, processes, capabilities, and experience of the Mining Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines to assist customers with explosive research and testing.

Center for Innovation in Earth Resources Science and Engineering

CIERSE, established with funding from Newmont Mining Corporation, is focused on educating new professionals and developing innovative solutions to key challenges facing the mineral resource industry.

Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety

EMCIS offers Mine Safety and Health Administration certification classes on a regular basis, including MSHA Part 48 New Miner Training and Annual Refreshers, as well as training in mine rescue, underground search and rescue and tunnel safety.

Edgar Experimental Mine

Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Mine, in Idaho Springs, produced high-grade silver, gold, lead and copper in the 1870s. Today, it serves as an underground laboratory for future engineers, producing valuable experience for those being trained to find, develop and process the world’s natural resources.

Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute

EMI was established in 1974 to enhance education and research in the field of excavation technology both for mining and civil underground construction. EMI has developed a suite of physical property tests, cutter and cutterhead evaluation procedures for performance prediction, project costing, and design of mechanical rock excavation tools for all types of mechanical excavators.

Underground Construction and Tunneling

The underground community at Mines is comprised of a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from civil engineering, geology and geological engineering, mining engineering and mechanical engineering, as well as geophysics and computer science, with a collective interest in education and research in underground engineering.