• The first Virginia Tech engineering degree awarded to a student was the degree of “mining engineer” in 1885.
  • The university’s first official “Mining Engineering department” (The Virginia Tech School of Mines) opened its doors in the fall of 1908 under department head Otto C. Burkhart.  The departmentent celebrated its Centennial in 2008.
  • Since its founding the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering has developed into the nation’s top mining and minerals engineering program. In the last four years, undergraduate enrollment has grown by over 40%, and the number of students pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. has increased by over 60%. 
  • Starting salaries for our graduates rank among the highest for engineering graduates in the nation.
  • The department’s excellent student-faculty ratio offers plenty of personal attention.  Mining engineering students get to know their instructors.  And more importantly, instructors get to know the students.
  • The department is home to two internationally recognized research centers: the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research and the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies. In addition, pioneering research is conducted in a wide range of technologies including computer simulation, GPS applications, tomography, real-time geologic mapping, exhaust and jet-fan design, environmental engineering, clean coal technologies and mineral processing.