Mining and Geological Engineering
Mining and geological engineering focuses primarily on the study and design of creating safe and effective means to extract metals and minerals for industrial, commercial and scientific purposes. Requiring education and understanding not only of mining principles and practices, engineers in this field are also expected to have an advanced and dynamic understanding of geological sciences, such as soil and mineral composition, surveying, prospecting and exploratory geological research. In addition to extracting the more conventional materials such as oil, precious and industrial metals and rarer gems and materials, many new advancements in information technology have expanded the role of geological engineering to search and mine for other materials, such as the dozens of special minerals and materials used in computer, tablet and smart phone construction.
Mining brings natural earth minerals to the surface in a safe, efficient, and responsible way without causing undue disturbance to the environment, to satisfy societal and industrial needs, and to promote significant contributions to the economy. To make mine operations more productive, safe, and economical using modern technology and highly sophisticated equipment methodologies, the industry needs intelligent, responsible, creative, and skillful practitioners. The job responsibilities of Mining Engineers include designing layouts for both surface and underground mines, preparation of short- and long-range mine plans and production sequences, selection and scheduling of equipment, designing blast patterns for rock fragmentation and excavation, designing ventilation plans for underground mines, monitoring safety of personnel and equipment, optimizing processes, etc.
Geological Engineering is a unique combination of earth sciences and engineering that has broad applications in the fields of mining engineering, civil engineering, petroleum engineering, and earth and environmental sciences. The field stands at the forefront of some of the most important challenges facing society today. At the graduate level, we have a strong emphasis in geological engineering, with faculty that have expertise in geomechanics, geophysics, rock excavation, and reclamation.