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Graduate Program

The graduate program in Mining & Minerals Engineering offers Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees that are designed to prepare graduate students for high-level professional careers in academic institutions, government agencies, and private/public companies. Graduate study can be pursued in several areas of specialization including rock mechanics and ground control, mine systems engineering and analysis, health and safety, mineral processing, applied surface/colloid chemistry, conservation and the environment, mining ventilation, automation and control, carbon capture and sequestration, reservoir engineering, and gas/shale gas engineering. One or more of the topics may be emphasized within the department at a given time based on the ongoing research activity of the full-time faculty assigned to the department.

Graduate students accepted into the program play a crucial role in the sponsored research and instructional activities of the department and are generally provided financial support through sponsored grants, teaching assistantships or graduate fellowships. A major goal of the department is to afford each graduate student with the opportunity to participate in creative and challenging research projects that lead to scholarly publications in premier international journals and conference proceedings. Graduate students are also expected to participate in the instructional mission of the department as teaching assistants, laboratory aids and R&D mentors. The graduate program also recognizes the specific needs of industry professionals with a program that strives to upgrade technological skills of practicing engineers, encourage the pursuit of doctoral-level work, and provide an opportunity for advanced education and career reorientation.

The MinE graduate program is administered by the Department Head and a Departmental Graduate Committee. The Departmental Graduate Committee is responsible for identifying high-quality students acceptable for admission, for overseeing the graduate program curriculum, and for establishing and monitoring program standards. The Department Head appoints faculty members to serve on the Departmental Graduate Committee and approves all petition to the Graduate School based upon the recommendations of the committee. Current members of the Department Graduate Committee include:

  • Dr. Kray Luxbacher (Chair)
  • Dr. Ellen Gilliland
  • Dr. Gerald Luttrell
  • Dr. Bahareh Nojabaei

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