Doctor of Philosophy in Mining and Earth Systems ­Engineering

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  • Practical experience
    Mining is a world-wide activity involving the extraction of non-metallics, metal ores of all kinds, and solid fuel and energy sources such as coal and nuclear materials. In addition to mineral extrac­tion, the skills of mining engineers are also needed in a variety of fields where the earth’s crust is utilized, such as the underground construction industry. The construction industry, with its requirements of developing earth (rock) systems, tunnels and underground chambers, and the hazardous waste disposal industry are examples of such applications. These are expanding needs, with a shortage of competent people; the mining engineer is well qualified to meet these needs.
  • Academic title
    Doctor of Philosophy (Mining and Earth Systems ­Engineering)
  • Course description
    The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering requires a total of 72 credit hours, beyond the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 48 credit hours of course work, and a minimum of 24 hours of research credit is required. Those with an MSc in an appropriate field may transfer a maximum of 30 credit hours of course work towards the 48 credit hour requirement upon the approval of the advisor and thesis committee.  The thesis must be successfully defended before a doctoral committee.

    Fields of Research:
    The Mining Engineering Department focuses on the following fundamental areas:
    • Geomechanics
    • Rock Mechanics and Stability of Underground
    • Surface Excavations
    • Computerized Mine Design and Related Applications (including Geostatistical Modeling)
    • Advanced Integrated Mining Systems Incorporating Mine Mechanization and Mechanical Mining Systems
    • Underground Excavation (Tunneling) and Construction
    • Site Characterization and Geotechnical Investigations
    • Modeling and Design in Geoengineering.
    • Rock Fragmentation
    • Mineral Processing
    • Communition
    • Separation Technology
    • Bulk Material Handling

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