Department of Mining & Minerals Engineering

The Virginia Tech Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering is one of the largest minerals-related programs in North America and enjoys a strong international reputation for its academic, research and public service programs. The department's mission is to prepare highly qualified, rigorously trained mining and minerals engineers whose background and education reflect the current level of technology and thought in the profession.


Department works with VT Geosciences, Colorado School of Mines on collaborative project to improve success rates of mineral exploration

News from Holden Hall
Read the Winter 2017 Issue of the department's newsletter

Nikhil Gupta, department research associate, is the recipient of SME's J.W. Woomer Award for outstanding "Young Engineer" for his "professional contributions as a young engineer to advanced separation technology within the field of coal preparation."

Emily Sarver, department assistant professor, has been awarded the SME Health and Safety Division’s Research and Educational Excellence Award "for her excellence in mine health education and research, particularly in the monitoring and characterization of particulate matter."

Nino Ripepi and Cheng Chen, assistant professors in the department of mining and minerals engineering, have been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the National Institue of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for their proposed research on capacity building and ground control research for the mining industry.


Hire some of the nation's finest mining engineers! Register today for the Department's 2017 Career Fair.
October 1-3, 2017




The B.S. degree program in Mining Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.