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Department Facilities


The Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech offers graduate students access to state-of-the-art equipment and world-class facilities for research studies. The facilities include laboratories for advanced computing, mine automation and control, carbon storage, environmental monitoring, geomechanics, health and safety, mineral processing, mine rescue, rock mechanics, subsurface atmospheres, surface and colloids, mine surveying and mine ventilation.The laboratories are supported by a well-equipped mechanical shop.

Research Laboratories

The following is a listing of laboratories currently operated and maintained by the department.

  • Advanced Computing Laboratory
  • Mine Automation and Process Control Laboratory
  • Carbon Storage/Management Laboratory
  • Environmental Laboratory
  • Geomechanics Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Mineral Processing Laboratories
  • Rock Mechanics and Ground Control Laboratory
  • Shale/Natural Gas Laboratory
  • Subsurface Atmospheres Laboratory
  • Surface and Colloid Chemistry Laboratory
  • Mine Surveying Laboratory
  • Mine Ventilation Laboratory

Research Centers

The department is home to two acclaimed research centers, i.e., Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER) and the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST). The centers offer students access to cutting-edge facilities in specific focus areas.

Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST) - CAST is a consortium of five universities whose goal is to develop advanced technologies that can be used to produce clean solid, liquid and gaseous fuels from domestic energy resources in an efficient and environmentally acceptable manner. Current member institutions are Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, University of Kentucky, University of Utah and Montana Tech. CAST has funded more than 100 projects at seven universities. More information about this center can be obtained at

Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER) - VCCER serves as an interdisciplinary study, research, information and resource facility for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The center has offices in the main Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, the National Capital Region Office in Alexandria, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. More information about this center can be obtained at