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Colorado School of Mines - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Research in applied mathematics includes: differential and integral equations, scattering theory, wave propagation, numerical analysis, kinetic theory, transport theory, and symbolic computing.
Research in applied statistics includes: biostatistics, spatial statistics, uncertainty quantification, and inverse problem. Research in education includes: educational technology, educational methods, and assessment.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

From its inception at the Colorado School of Mines in 1952, the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department has focused on education and basic and applied research aimed at problems of national interest. We offer two ABET accredited degrees at the undergraduate level, one in Chemical Engineering and the other in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, each with approximately half of the Department's 780 undergraduate students. Our undergrads pursue degrees that have once again showed the #1 lifetime return on investment for a public US university in 2013 in an engineering department that is unique in that it delivers freshman biology in a state-of-the-art Studio environment. In addition, we maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program ($7-8 million/year in research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. In this, ~80 graduate and postdoctoral students study within a broad research menu, including major programs in hydrates & energy, soft materials, biomedical research, thin-film materials, simulation and modeling, and pedagogy with top-notch faculty including 8 NSF CAREER and 1 PECASE award winner. These research and educational activities take place in one of the most scenic locations in the United States. With over 300 days per year of sunshine and the proximity to Denver and the Rocky Mountains, this area provides a combination of year-round cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities that are virtually unmatched anywhere.

Chemistry and Geochemistry (eng. related)

Some fields of research include heterogeneous catalysis, surface chemistry, organic and analytic chemistry of organic compounds, theoretical and descriptive inorganic chemistry, fuel chemistry, mass spectrometry, polymers and materials, separations, computational chemistry and molecular design, laser, spectroscopy, inorganic/organometallic, environmental geochemistry.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado School of Mines is dedicated to advancing education and research in engineering the built and natural environments. Civil and Environmental Engineering both strive to solve the most pressing problems facing society.

Economics and Business (eng. related)

Areas of specialization include mineral, resource and energy economics, microeconomics, operations research, optimization, financial modeling and analysis, decision science and risk management.

Electrical Eng. and Computer Science

The Division of Electrical Engineering prepares graduates to solve real-world challenges related to earth, energy, information and the environment. We offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering that allow our graduates to take advantage of a broad variety of professional opportunities in rapidly changing fields.
As our division has evolved over the years, we have developed a vibrant and diverse research program that encompasses a wide range of areas and several interdisciplinary fields. We are the third largest undergraduate program at Mines, with a very active IEEE student chapter. Our research and teaching programs are enhanced by strong ties to research institutes and centers such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. We invite you to learn more about our current research and the specific research interests of the faculty by following the links under Research.

Computer Science is the fastest growing program at Colorado School of Mines. CS@Mines prepares tomorrow's leaders to bring the computational power and thinking of computer science to all fields of engineering and science, as well as business, medicine and entertainment.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mines was the top-ranked public university for combining faculty accessibility and research prowess. Our division takes those Mines strengths even further, with our emphasis on industry collaboration, commitment to diversity, and steadfast goal of improving computer science education for Colorado and the nation.

Geology and Geological Engineering

Applied research programs in economic geology, geochemistry, geotechnics, hydrology and petroleum geoscience; emphasizes interdisciplinary approach.


Fields of research include: potential field methods, reflection seismology and seismic data processing, solid earth and planetary geophysics, experimental geophysics, borehole geophysics, geophysical field methods.

Mechanical Engineering

Research in the department is divided into four divisions: Biomechanics, Robotics/Automation/Design (RAD), Solid Mechanics & Materials, and Thermal/Fluids Systems. The Thermal/Fluids Systems is the largest division with a strong emphasis in energy conversion systems involving electrochemistry, combustion, and solar energy and including activities in the the Colorado Fuel Cell Center. Other notable initiatives include research in the micro- and nano-scale mechanics for functional materials, robotics for infrastructure inspection, medicine and rehabilitation, and operations research.

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Broad research focus areas include: 1) welding, joining and coatings processes for advanced materials, 2) advanced steel processing and products, 3) advanced nonferrous structural alloys, 4) processing and properties of ceramics, 5) extractive metallurgy, 6) recover and recycling, 7) renewable energy materials, 8) thin films, coatings and surface engineering.

Mining Engineering

Fields of research include: hard rock tunneling, soft ground tunneling, mechanical mining, microtunneling, physical properties measurement, computer modeling, excavation engineering.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Science and Engineering at The Colorado School of Mines is an interdisciplinary program. Founded in 2007, the program has quickly risen to place of national prominence. While delivering a traditional nuclear engineering core curriculum, the program emphasizes the nuclear fuel life cycle. Our faculty are leading efforts in the development of advanced reactors, spent fuel reprocessing, next generation materials, radiation detection for nuclear interdiction, and the development of storage systems for the safe disposal of radiological products.

Petroleum Engineering

Research is dedicated to the discovery of knowledge about the development of new energy resources; research for applications in managing drilling, field development, operations, well stimulation, and other production problems; some research areas include; 1) earth materials, mechanics and characterization, 2) integrated flow modeling, 3) drilling engineering, 4) fracturing, acidizing, stimulation technology, 4) laser/rock interaction, 5) reservoir studies.


Major focus areas include: 1) astroparticle and nuclear physics, 2) condensed matter and materials physics, and 3) applied optics, Emphasis in research centers include: renewable energy, electronic materials, high-performance computing, and ultrafast optics

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Advanced Coatings & Surface Engineering Lab

ACSEL serves as a focal point for industry-driven research and education in advanced thin films and coating systems, surface engineering, tribology, electronic, optical, magnetic, and semiconductor materials. ACSEL provides opportunities for Mines faculty and graduate students to visit and work in sponsor facilities, participate in technical meetings with sponsors, and for Mines graduates to gain employment with sponsors.

Advanced Steel Processing & Products Research Ctr

ASPPRC is an industry/university cooperative research center in the field of solid state ferrous physical and mechanical metallurgy. Research is conducted in a wide variety of areas related to future steel products and applications, with strong participation and involvement from steel producing and steel using industries from North America and overseas. Focus areas include sheet, plate and bar steels related to transportation, energy production and transmission, agriculture and construction, infrastructure, etc.

Advanced Water Technology Center

AQWATEC is a new research center at the Colorado School of Mines. The center was established in 2006 to support the advancement of the campus' thrust areas of water and renewable energy. The Mission of the Center is to advance the science of emerging water treatment processes/hybrids enabling sustainable and energy efficient utilization of impaired water sources for potable and non-potable water supplies.

Center for Assessment in STEM

The Trefny Institute focuses on curriculum and faculty development to both enhance Mines’ distinction in undergraduate and graduate education and strengthen Mines leadership role in education research, curriculum development and assessment.Key elements of the Trefny Institute are the Center for Engineering Education (CEE) which unites faculty interested in engineering education research and the Center for Assessment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CA-STEM), which focuses on assessment and evaluation. By integrating its programs, the institute seeks to form a cycle in which education research is conducted; theory is developed and tested; tools, materials and methods are designed and then implemented in classrooms; interventions are studied and assessed; and new insights and research questions are generated. This cycle helps to ensure that curriculum at Mines is based on best practices and the latest educational research.

Center for Automation, Robotics and Distributed Intelligence

CARDI’s research encompasses the fields of control systems, robotics and automation, and distributed systems and networking. Focus areas include the theory of adaptive and nonlinear control, intelligent and learning control systems, system identification and fault detection, computer vision and image processing, wireless communication networks, intelligent autonomous robotic systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence, network communication protocols and simulation and modeling of computer networks. Applications of CARDI research can be found in renewable energy and power systems, materials processing, sensor and control networks, bio-engineering and medicine, data mining and activity recognition, defense and homeland security, smart structures, intelligent geo-systems, and environmental monitoring.

Center for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research

IBDMS focuses on implant design, implant simulator (hip, knee, TMJ, etc.); fluoroscopic imaging of joint motion; in vivo measurements of implants dynamics; advanced biocompatible materials; modeling and simulation of musculoskeletal system; micro-electromechanical (MEM) sensors and actuators; electronically controlled implants; artificial sensory systems; automatic control; telemetric implants; spinal injuries and implants.

Center for Cyber Security and Privacy

The mission of the Center for Cyber Security and Privacy (CCSP) is to support and promote cyber security and privacy education and research at the Colorado School of Mines and the region. CCSP is hosted in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department of the College of Engineering & Computational Sciences. It is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics and Characterization

The Center is a multidisciplinary research effort intended to promote research in rock mechanics, earth systems, and non-traditional characterization such as artic ice coring, extraterrestrial space boring, and laser/rock destruction for multiple applications.

Center for Environmental Risk Assessment

The mission of this Center is to unify and enhance environmental risk assessment research and education through diverse and interdisciplinary expertise, and by facilitating scientific approaches in estimating human and ecological risk.

Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes

The Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP) was established in 2001 with the central mission to enhance environmental quality through innovative research of subsurface remediation techniques for the clean-up of environmental contaminants leading to improved methodology and decision-making. This center emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of subsurface remediation technologies by integrating the fundamental sciences of chemistry, biology, geology, hydrology and physics with applied geotechnical, civil and environmental engineering sciences. The Center currently has a number of university and industry collaborators from US and abroad.

Center for Gravity, Electrical, and Magnetic Studies

CGEM is an academic research center that focuses on the quantitative interpretation of gravity, magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic data in applied geophysics. The center brings together the diverse expertise of faculty and students in these different geophysical methods and works towards advancing the state of art in geophysical data interpretation for real-world problems. The emphases of CGEM research are processing and inversion of applied geophysical data. The primary areas of application include petroleum exploration, mineral exploration,unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection & discrimination, and near surface problems. In addition, environmental problems, natural hazard monitoring, archaeological mapping, hydro-geophysics and crustal study are also within the scope of the center.

Center for Innovation in Earth Resources Sci. and Eng.

CIERSE incorporates expertise and has research projects in other departments, including: Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, and Environmental Science & Engineering.

Center for Mineral Resources Science

It is the mission of the CMRS to conduct cutting-edge fundamental and applied research in subsurface mineral resources. In addition to cutting edge research, the CMRS will train the next generation of geoscientists for the minerals industry, academia, and government in both fundamental and applied research. Producing such new scientists is critical for sustaining the Nation's economy and national security. The CMRS will provide sound scientific information to inform policy and decision-makers in local, state, and federal government, and outreach to citizens. The CMRS will represent a unique research center that integrates the innovative research only possible in an academic setting with the existing expertise of the premier earth science federal agency that is tasked to conduct objective resource assessments and unbiased mineral resources research. The CMRS will be in a unique position to combine a basic science approach to the science of mineral deposits with industry-driven applied research. The CMRS will support undergraduate and graduate education at the Colorado School of Mines and emphasize training of students through research conducted in cooperation with the international mining and exploration industry. Research at the CMRS will largely center on the formation, discovery, delineation, characterization, and sustainable recovery of ore deposits. While CMRS will focus primarily on the upstream aspect of metals lifecycle it will also strive to forge relationships with other groups at Colorado School of Mines and the USGS that focus on the downstream aspects of metal cycling such as the Critical Materials Institute at CSM. The CMRS should form close research and training collaborations with universities and government agencies nationally and internationally to become a global center of expertise in mineral resource sciences.

Center for Oil Shale Technology & Research

COSTAR conducts investigations to advance the development of oil shale resources in the United States and around the world. Center projects include:
Study of rock physics and rock mechanics to understand how oil shale properties vary with temperature and how fractures will occur with heating
Study of geology, stratigraphy and climatology, to understand the conditions of formation of oil shale and provide the integrating framework for the Center’s work
Study of geochemistry, to understand how best to characterize the productive potential of the resource, and to enhance geologic understanding of the formation of oil shale
Development of a global database of oil shale information and support of the annual Oil Shale Symposium.
The founding Members of COSTAR include Total E&P USA, Shell E&P, and ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.

Center for Petrophysics

The primary goal of exploration and production geophysics is to identify fluids, specifically hydrocarbons, in rocks. In the Rock Physics Lab, scientists research rock and fluid properties for exploration and reservoir monitoring. The most current projects center on fluid distributions in rocks and how these distributions affect characteristics such as wave attenuation, velocity dispersion and seismic signature.

Center for Research on Hydrates and Other Solids

The Center focuses on research and education involving solids in hydrocarbon and aqueous fluids which affect exploration, production and processing of gas and oil.

Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion

Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion (CRSP) is a research center of the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, a research consortium among four leading Colorado research institutions. CRSP is dedicated to the basic and applied research necessary to create revolutionary new solar energy technologies as well as education and training opportunities. The research underpins renewable energy technologies, commonly called third generation solar photon conversion, for the highly-efficient and cost-competitive production of both electricity and fuels via direct solar processes.

Center for Solar and Electronic Materials

The Center conducts research in photovoltaics, thin-film materials, semiconductors, polymeric devices, liquid crystal displays, encapsulants, electronic materials processing, and systems issues associated with electronic materials and devices.

Center for Space Resources

The center is dedicated to the human and robotic exploration of space and to the utilization of what we learn to the imporvement of our society by developing technologies for space resource extraction, manufacturing in space, and life-support systems on spacecraft and planetary habits.

Center for Underground Construction and Tunneling

We are a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from the departments of civil & environmental, geology & geological, mining, and mechanical engineering, as well as geophysics and computer science - all with a collective interest in education and research in underground engineering.

Center for Wave Phenomena

Engaged in a coordinated and integrated program of research in seismic data processing and interpretation, as well as inverse problems. The areas of research apply to seismic exploration, mapping of the seabed, ocean sound-speed profiling, and nondestructive testing and evaluation.

Center for Welding, Joining and Coating Research

This Center focuses on a wide range of largely government-supported research projects involving new welding, joining, and coating processes for advanced materials. The goal of the Center is to promote education and research, and to advance understanding of the metallurgical aspects of welding, joining and coating processes.

Chevron Center of Research Excellence

CoRE is a long term relationship established between the Colorado School of Mines and Chevron that promotes the research, education, recruiting, and training objectives of both organizations. CoRE supports the development of new earth science technology while providing Chevron international employees and other students the opportunity to earn advanced degrees.

Collaborative Research and Education in Wind

The Collaborative Research and Education in Wind (Crew) is a research center for the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, a research consortium among four leading Colorado Research Institutions. CREW advances the science of wind power. CREW’s scientists, researchers, and laboratories work to make wind power more accessible by reducing costs and increasing reliability and efficiencies. CREW’s research will advance wind technology on many fronts"scientific, technological, regulatory, and political.

CREW is structured to reach these goals by: offering wind industry companies access to four powerful research institutions through a single point of contact; conducting both shared “pre-competitive” research and sponsored proprietary research programs; teaming up with other public and private research efforts and creating educational programs that support wind industry research, outreach, professional and technical training.

Colorado Cntr. for Advanced Ceramics

Performs research on the processing and properties of advanced ceramic materials for government agencies and private industry. The goal of the Center is to translate scientific advancements in ceramics into new and improved ceramic fabrication processes and ceramic materials.

Colorado Ctr. for BioFuels and BioRefining

Colorado Center for BioFuels and BioRefining (C2B2) is a research center for the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory, a research consortium among four leading Colorado Research Institutions. C2B2 is a cooperative research and educational center devoted to the conversion of biomass to fuels and other products. C2B2 exists to improve fundamental understanding and develop new technologies in areas relevant to the future commercialization of integrated, sustainable biorefining and biofuels processes.

Colorado Energy Research Institute

the mission of the Institute is to serve as a state and regional resource on energy and energy related minerals issues, providing energy status reports, sponsorship of symposia, demonstration and reports on research results.

Colorado Fuel Cell Center

CFCC seeks to advance fuel-cell research, development, and commercialization and to promote business opportunities in Colorado.

Colorado Geological Survey (CGS)

The Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) is a state government agency within the Colorado School of Mines whose mission is to:

Help reduce the impact of geologic hazards on the citizens of Colorado,
Promote responsible economic development of mineral and energy resources,
Provide geologic insight into water resources,
Provide geologic advice and information to a variety of constituencies.
By providing sound information and new knowledge, the Colorado Geological Survey contributes to economic growth and improvement in the quality of life for Colorado’s citizens.

Colorado Institute for Energy, Materials, and Computational Science

Expertise includes solid oxide and PEMS fuel cells, clean fuels, combustion experimentation and modeling, materials synthesis in flames, atomistic materials modeling and the development of optical measurement techniques for combusion systems and reactive flows.

Colorado Institute for Macromolecular Sci and Eng

CIMSE focuses on polymeric materials science; design and synthesis of new macromolecular species; polymer rheology and processing; polymers at surfaces and interfaces; directed self-assembly of colloidal particles; theoretical methods and biological fluids.

ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable West

The ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST at Colorado School of Mines was formulated to promote the joint sustainability of unconventional energy production and water resources through education of energy-water literate graduate and undergraduate students, and by conducting world-class research on both community acceptance of unconventional resource development, and water resources related to unconventional energy production.

Critical Materials Institute

CMI is an Energy Innovation Hub of the U.S. Department of Energy. Its focus is innovation to reduce supply risks for materials critical to clean energy technologies. The goal of this innovation is to remove supply risk as an impediment to the development and deployment of emerging energy technologies. CMI is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary consortium led by the Ames Laboratory. It carries out scientific and engineering research that facilitates more-diverse primary supply chains; more-efficient manufacturing, re-use, and recycling; and development of new materials. CMI also conducts complementary and supporting research on basic science, environmental sustainability, and supply chain and economic analysis. CMI research at Mines, in partnership with the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy, focuses especially on: process engineering to improve primary mineral processing and recovery, as well as secondary recovery through recycling of manufacturing wastes and end-of-life products; material characterization; environmental sustainability; and economic analysis of material supply chains. In addition, Mines spearheads CMI efforts in education, training, and outreach and is part of CMI senior leadership.

Earth Mechanics Institute

EMI enhances education and research in the field of excavation technology both for mining and civil underground construction. Over the 30 years of its existence, EMI has developed a suite of physical property tests, cutter and cutterhead evaluation procedures for performance prediction, project costing, and design of mechanical rock excavation tools for all types of mechanical excavators in mining, civil underground construction, and microtunneling. The developed test procedures and the performance/cost prediction models have been validated with extensive field data from excavation and drilling projects around the world.

Earth Resources Institute

The ERI promotes rigorous quantitative analysis based on sound economic and scientific principles. Areas of research will include rare earths and critical materials, climate and carbon policy, pollution regulation, global trade and the environment, minerals policy and energy security, among many others.

Energy and Mines Field Institute

EMFI provides intensive on-site educational opportunities on energy and mineral resource exploration, extraction, benefaction, and utilization operations and issues.

Energy Modeling Group

Engineering Modeling Group (EMG) EMG's mission is to develop state-of-the-art reservoir modeling technology and advanced simulation tools for research, teaching, and field applications in the areas of subsurface energy and natural resources, and environmental science and engineering. Research members consists of faculty members, graduate students, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral.

Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology Consortium

The Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium is a joint industry/university research consortium that performs research in all areas of stimulation of oil and gas wells. FAST concentrates on theoretical and laboratory developments that can be directly employed in the field to improve stimulation design and execution. Full partnership of industry is essential to the success of the consortium, and industry members are encouraged to provide direct input and guidance for the various projects.

Golden Energy Computing Organization

GECO is a computational hub for finding new ways to meet the energy needs of our society. It is also the recognized energy node in a developing high performance computing infrastructure for the Front Range. GECO promotes education in energy science and high performance computing and plays an important role in coordinating large-scale, multi-group collaborations. The GECO collaboratory comprises three Colorado-based institutions which each bring a unique set of research expertise to the table: the Colorado School of Mines (Mines); the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

International Groundwater Modeling Cntr.

IGWMC is an internationally oriented information, education and research center for ground-water modeling. IGWMC advises on ground-water modeling problems, distributes ground-water modeling software, organizes short courses and workshops, conducts research in practical, applied areas of ground-water hydrology and modeling, and provides technical assistance on problems related to ground-water modeling. As a focal point for ground-water professionals, the center supports and advances the appropriate use of quality-assured models in ground-water resources protection and management.

KROLL Institute for Extractive Metallurgy

The faculty affiliated with this Center conduct research on all facets of chemical processing of materials, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy as well as the treatment and processing of industrial wastes and corrosion. The Institute promotes studies and research in the production and refining of metals, and processing of waste and hazardous materials, particularly mineral processing, pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, electometallurgy, and the application of these areas to the development and research of environmentally acceptable methods of metal extraction.

Liberal Arts and International Studies

Liberal Arts & International Studies is primarily responsible to assure that engineers have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, an ability to communicate effectively, the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering and science solutions in a global and societal context, and a knowledge of contemporary issues. Liberal Arts also runs a graduate program on the International Political Economy of Resources and graduate coursework on Science and Technology Policy.

Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies

MCERS investigates a wide spectrum of reservoir problems with emphasis on field applications. Research areas include: reservoir characterization and connectivity, rate and pressure transient analysis, improved and enhanced oil recovery issues, infill well placement and multi-laterals, and improved physics/modeling of naturally fractured reservoirs.

Microintegrated Optics for Advanced Bioimaging and Control

The MOABC Center focuses on integrating optics into microscale and microfluidic systems. The use of integrated optics is the key to achieving both significant size and cost reduction for biomedical devices, and for meeting the requirements of biotechnology researchers for new assays and manipulation techniques.

Nuclear Science and Engineering Center

NuSEC serves as a government-industry-academia research and education center for the advancement of the physics and chemistry of the advanced new nuclear fuels, reactor design, manufacturing and operation, material challenges, waste management and health and safety aspects of the Gen IV Reactors within the GNEP framework. NuSEC is fully equipped to perform all kinds of nuclear engineering research and holds license for obtaining and using a limited quantity of radioactive materials.

Petroleum Exploration and Production Center

The Center is an interdisciplinary educational and research organization specializing in applied studies of petroleum reservoirs. The Center integrates disciplines from within the Departments of Geology and Geological Engineering, Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering.

Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

REMRSEC focuses on transformative materials innovation and educational directions that will significantly impact the emerging renewable energy technologies. The center is organized around two interdisciplinary research groups. The group concentrates on harnessing unique properties of nanostructured materials to significantly enhance the performance of photovoltaic devices. The second research group explores advanced composite membranes for renewable energy applications. The Center also involves the evaluation of clathrate structures as potential materials for hydrogen storage. A strategic partnership with scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory allows sharing of students, research associates, equipment and facilities between the two organizations. In addition, more than a dozen companies actively involved in alternative energy are partnering with the Center. The Center also collaborates with two internationally known academic partners: University of New South Wales and Imperial College, University of London.


ReNUWIt: The Urban Water Center " This center is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution research center whose goal is to change the ways in which we manage urban water. Our vision is of safe, sustainable urban water infrastructures enabled by technological advances in natural and engineered systems, and informed by a deeper understanding of institutional frameworks.

Reservoir Characterization Project

Research within this project is on the forefront of multicomponent, high fidelity, 3-D seismic technology in the optimization of reservoir development, leading to the enhanced recovery of hydrocarbons.

SmartGeo Center for Intelligent Geosystems

Advancing sensing, monitoring, and intelligent control knowledge in geoconstruction, remediation, infrastructure monitoring, and transportation.

Unconventional Natural Gas Institute

The UNGI draws from Mines’ unique, specialized expertise in all areas of upstream natural gas research " including petroleum engineering, geology, geophysics, petrophysics, chemical engineering and engineering. And it builds on the school’s already significant research in the area of unconventional natural gas resources, as well as its strong partnerships with industry and government. The institute’s interdisciplinary efforts are directed by Jennifer Miskimins of the Mines Petroleum Engineering Department.