Department of Mining & Minerals Engineering

Michael E. Karmis

Stonie Barker Professor
Director, Virginia Center for Coal & Energy Research

B.S. Strathclyde, 1971
Ph.D. Strathclyde, 1974


Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering

103 Holden Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7057
Fax: (540) 231-4070

Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research

460 Turner Street, Suite 304
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone:(540) 231-5273
Fax: (540) 231-4078



  • Sustainable Development of Mineral and Energy Resources
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Mining Systems
  • Energy Systems

Current and Past Research

  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Ground Control
  • Subsidence Engineering
  • Environmental Impacts of Mining
  • Mine Systems Design
  • Health and Safety


  • MinE 4514 Health, Safety and Risk Management
  • MinE 5035-36 Advanced Ground Control
  • MinE 4554 Mining Engineering Leadership Seminar
  • ENGR 1814 Energy, Resources, Development and the Environment

Selected Publications


Faculty Profiles

Dr. Cheng Chen
Dr. Ellen Gilliland
Dr. Mario Karfakis
Dr. Michael Karmis
Dr. Gerald Luttrell
Dr. Kray Luxbacher
Dr. Bahareh Nojabaei
Dr. Nino Ripepi
Dr. Emily Sarver
Dr. Erik Westman
Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon