The mining engineering program in the department of mining and nuclear engineering offers the graduate certificate, master of engineering (M.E.), master of science (M.S.), doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and doctor of engineering (D.E.) degrees in mining engineering. The M.S. and Ph.D.degrees require research components for program completion. The core research strengths include surface mining methods and heavy mining machinery, mine ventilation and mine atmospheric control, explosives engineering, sustainable development and mine optimization, rock mechanics and ground control, minerals, coal and materials processing, minerals and energy economics, and underground mining methods and equipment. Graduate students in any of these programs must consult the graduate degree requirements in mining engineering, the graduate catalog of Missouri S&T and their respective advisors.

The graduate certificate program requires 15 credit hours in core courses. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 to receive the graduate certificate in mining engineering. The ME program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, offered via distance (online). The required credit hours include 15 core credit hours, 12 credit hours in technical electives and 3 credit hours for a semester project. The M.S.degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, including the required research for the thesis. The program requirements must include a minimum of 6 credit hours of 6000-level courses, 6 credit hours of courses outside the major field, and 6 credit hours for thesis research. M.S. candidates must pass a final oral examination of the thesis to complete the program. The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 3 years of full-time study beyond the bachelor’s degree, including research work for the dissertation. Ph.D. candidates must complete at least 15 credit hours of course work at Missouri S&T and are required to pass the qualifying, comprehensive and final oral examinations of the Ph.D. program. The D.E. degree requires a minimum of 3 years of full-time study beyond the bachelor’s degree, including research work for the dissertation. D.E. students must pass the qualifying, comprehensive and final oral examinations and must also satisfy an engineering internship requirement. 

Major Research Areas

The eight research major areas include (i) surface mining methods and heavy mining machinery; (ii) mine ventilation and mine atmospheric control; (iii) explosives engineering; (iv) sustainable development and mine optimization; (v) rock mechanics and ground control; (vi) mineral, coal and materials processing; (vii) minerals and energy economics; and (viii) underground mining methods and equipment. Surface mining methods and heavy mining machinery research focuses on surface mining, formation excavation, heavy machinery imaging and integration, mine safety and health, machine and component health, equipment vision, intelligent mining systems and stochastic processes and risks simulation. Specific research frontiers include (i) mining methods, design and production systems; (ii) formation failure dynamics, machine-formation interactions; (iii) kinematics, dynamics and virtual prototype simulation; (iv) machine health and longevity; (v) augmented equipment vision; (vi) machine vibrations and operator health; (vii) tire durability management; (viii) intelligent excavation; (ix) machine automation; (x) random fields and stochastic processes; (xi) numerical, parametric and stochastic simulation. 

Mine ventilation and mine atmospheric control research focuses on mine ventilation network modeling and planning, diesel particulate matter (DPM), mine dust control, mine fire simulation and firefighting. Specific research frontiers include (i) ventilation network simulation, (ii) DPM discharge dissipation modeling and control strategies, (iii) spontaneous combustion modeling, firefighting and emergency planning; and (iv) computational fluid dynamics modeling of particulate matter. Explosives engineering research focuses on improvements in commercial explosives and blasting agents, mining-related uses of explosives, explosives safety, blast-resistant structures, b arriers to blast, fragments, and ballistic penetration, and explosive-driven pulsed power.  Specific research frontiers include (i) design, evaluation, analysis, and test; (ii) barrier concepts, standoff distance analysis, barrier design and test; (iii) design, evaluation, analysis, and test of explosive-driven pulsed power generator concepts and power conditioning systems

Sustainable development and mine optimization research focuses on r eserve estimation and ore control, production scheduling and optimization, and critical materials sustainability assessment and modeling. Specific research frontiers include (i) geostatistics, ore (dig) outline optimization; (ii) mixed integer LP formulations, computational efficiency, discrete event simulation, optimization, energy efficiency modeling; (iii) mining applications of life cycle assessment, life cycle sustainability assessment, social acceptance modeling, global critical material supply chain sustainability modeling, reclaimed mine land stray-gas hazards. Rock Mechanics and ground control research focuses on ground control, acoustic emission/microseismic, geophysical methods in mines, and non-destructive testing. Specific research frontiers include (i) pillar design, mine support, rockburst, slope stability; (ii) monitoring design, location methods, error analysis; (iii) geotomography, in-seam seismic method, void detection; and (iv) integrity of structures and monitoring of aging infrastructure. 

Minerals, coal and materials processing research focuses on mineral processing, tailings management, polymer science, nanotechnology, interfacial science, colloidal interactions in aqueous systems, clays, coal-based fuels, ultrafine and submicron grinding, slurry rheology, carbon separation and synthetic fuels. Minerals and energy economics research focuses on supply and use of minerals and energy in society, minerals and energy markets and electricity markets, minerals and energy and economic growth, economics of minerals and energy infrastructure, minerals and energy policy, minerals and energy derivatives, minerals and energy demand forecast, elasticity of supply and demand in minerals and energy markets, climate change and climate policy, and sustainable minerals and energy development. Underground mining methods and equipment research focuses on mass mining, machine design and automation, underground mine support, machine vibration, novel mining methods, numerical modeling, virtual prototype simulation and computational fluid dynamics.

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