Graduate School

Mining Engineering—MS, PhD

What you'll work on

Departmental research activities span from fundamental and precise laboratory studies of rocks and minerals to field studies in remote and rugged locations to high-performance computing (including machine learning and data visualization).

Researchers in our Subsurface Visualization Lab help companies extract oil from abandoned or nearly abandoned fields, enhancing US energy independence.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Mining Engineering
  • Geomorphology
  • Minerology
  • Remote Sensing

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Who you'll work with

Our faculty are as diverse as their specialties. Join Greg Waite as he studies seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes, or Simon Carn as he uses satellite measurements to constrain global volcanic SO2 production and emissions from individual volcanoes.

Faculty Spotlight

John GierkeJohn Gierke
Professor and Department Chair,
Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences

"Understanding earth systems are vital to locate and develop natural resources and mitigate natural hazards."

Satellite, airborne, and ground- based technologies are rapidly evolving to enhance our abilities to characterize and understand earth landscapes and underlying geologic systems, water bodies, and the atmosphere. Strategies to mitigate for natural hazards, explore for and develop natural resources, and forecast human and natural impacts are also evolving as we grow our understanding of earth systems.

Where you'll work

Department laboratories are equipped and operated to support the field and modeling studies including seismic petrophysics, rock and mineral preparation and visualization, environmental magnetism, aquatic optics and remote sensing, and geo-hazard and geo-resource characterization. The Computational Research Center, housed at the Great Lakes Research Center on campus, is home to the region's most powerful supercomputer "Superior".

In addition to potential study sites world-wide, mining is experiencing a resurgence in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula. New technologies and higher prices for metals are prompting international mining companies to explore for and develop prospects that were previously technologically and economically infeasible. Future graduate studies in mining engineering will focus on advancing new technologies and safe and environmentally responsible mining practices.