Virginia Tech's Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering is one of the largest minerals-related programs in North America, enjoying a strong international reputation for its academic, research and public service programs. Our research program is stronger than ever with a broad focus on issues critical to the modern resource industries. Housed within a nationally ranked College of Engineering, the department is home to two acclaimed research centers.

Research by the Numbers:

Research Faculty: 12
Master's Students: 14
Ph.D. Students: 14
Research Expenditures: > $8 Million
Research Centers: 2
Laboratories: 8

Non-Conventional Energy Development

Rare Earth Elements

Improved monitoring and control

Research News

  • Geomechanics Oberservation & Imaging
  • Unconventional Energy Laboratory
  • Electrochemistry Laboratory 
  • Materials Characterization Laboratory
  • Mine Ventilation Laboratory 
  • Mining Surveying Laboratory 
  • Process Development Laboratory
  • Process Instrumentation and Control Laboratory 
  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory 
  • Rock Fragmentation Laboratory 
  • Subsurface Environmental Engineering Laboratory
  • Surface Analysis Laboratory 
  • Underground Fires and Explosions Laboratory

Plantation Road Research Facility
518-778 Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060