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Researchers use autonomous technologies to make mines safer

Virginia Tech researcher Richard Bishop and his West Virginia University collaborators will use a two-year, $569,149 Alpha Foundation grant to study how autonomous drones can predict and prevent roof collapses underground.


The sustainable development, extraction, and production of critical minerals and energy resources fuels the technologies of the future, from electric vehicles to green energy. Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering trains its graduates to help lead the world.

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The Bachelor of Science program in mining and minerals engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Mining and Similarly Named Engineering Program Criteria. Learn more about the department's accreditation, mission, and educational objectives.