Graduate Program in Energy and Mineral Engineering

Mining engineering students pose on-site at a surface mine

Option in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering (MMPE)

The Mining and Mineral Process Engineering option focuses on the aspects of geological, civil, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, together with business and management skills, that are integrated in the challenge of extracting minerals from the Earth. Mining engineers are involved in all stages of the process: from exploring for new mineral deposits and deciding if they can be mined economically, through designing and constructing mines at and below the ground, to managing and operating mines, to preparing raw mineral products for manufacturing or energy industries. In order to prepare students for this profession, course work and research opportunities specific to mining engineering include: computer applications, environmental control, geomechanics and rock mechanics, health and safety, innovative mining systems, materials handling, mine equipment maintenance, mine management, mine planning and reclamation, monitoring and control, operations research, surface mining, underground mining, and ventilation. Interests cover coal, metal, and nonmetal mining.

Mineral Process Engineering is concerned with the extraction and purification of valuable commodities from the earth. The raw materials produced by mining are highly impure and must be upgraded before they are of use to society. The refining of mineral commodities involves a broad variety of problems, mostly associated with the production, handling and separation of solid particles. Particle systems are also critical to many of the processes and products of modern industry: materials, chemicals and electronics as well as minerals. Mineral processing engineers are at the forefront of the development of the science and technology of particle systems and many of the techniques and procedures used in mineral processing find direct application in other areas.

EME faculty working in the Mining and Mineral Process Engineering discipline are currently engaged in a wide variety of research. For a full listing of current research areas, please visit our individual faculty profile pages.

Required Core Courses in EME

M.S. Degree

  • EME 500 - Energy and Mineral Project Investment Evaluation (3 credit)
  • EME 580 - Integrative Design of EME Systems (3 credits)
  • EME 590 - Colloquium (1 credit)

Ph.D. Degree

  • EME 581 - Research and Geostatistics Methods (3 credits)

Required Specialty MMPE Option Courses

M.S. Degree

  • MNG 515 - Mine System Simulation (3 credits) OR MNG 541 - Surface Mine Equipment Selection Analysis (3 credits) OR MNG 554 - Rock Mechanics Design (3 credits)
  • MN PR 501 - Interfacial Phenomena in Mineral Systems (3 credits) OR MN PR 503 - Colloid Phenomena (3 credits) OR MN PR 506 - Mineral Process Plant Design (3 credits)
  • Two courses from the remaining four not selected above.

Ph.D. Degree

Elective Courses

To be selected/determined in consultation with the student's advisor and thesis committee.

MMPE Research Faculty

* emeritus