Mines Centers & Institutes
8th Continent Project (8C): Director – Burke Fort
The 8th Continent Project is a comprehensive effort to integrate space technology and resources into the global economy. It includes a chamber of commerce, business incubator, internships, campus network, business plan competitions, seminars and training, career center, funding network, research center, and STEM outreach. The 8C Project is organizing "Space 2.0"— the emerging generation of entrepreneurial space-related business ventures— to help solve a variety of challenges, from global warming to resource and energy development to biotechnology.
Advanced Coatings and Surface Engineering Lab (ACSEL): Director– Jianliang Lin
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 Control of Energy Power Systems (ACEPS): Director – Marcelo Simoes
ACEPS focuses on intelligent control systems; real-time monitoring and advanced diagnostic systems; artificial intelligence; advanced acoustic, optical and electromechanical sensors; pollution reduction; transformers and breakers monitoring; smart substations; power quality; nondestructive evaluation; advanced power electronics; remote sensing, security, and control.
Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC): Director– David Matlock
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): Director – Jorg Drewes; Associate Director –Tzahi Cath
The mission of AQWATEC is to develop novel water treatment processesenabling sustainable and energy efficient utilization of impaired water sourcesfor potable and non-potable water supplies.
Center for Automation, Robotics and Distributed Intelligence (CARDI): Director– Kevin Moore
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 (CBRR): Director – Joel Bach
IBDMS focuses onimplant 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 Earth Materials, Mechanics and Characterization (CEMMC): Co-directors – Ramona Graves and Jennifer Miskimins
EM2C fosters research in a variety of areas including rock mechanics, earth systems, and nontraditional characterization. The center does not limit its focus to either "hard" or "soft" rock applications but is, instead, intended to foster research in both arenas and encourage interdisciplinary communications between the associated disciplines.
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA): Director – James Ranville
CERA promotes and enhances environmental risk assessment research and educational activities at Mines. By bringing diverse interdisciplinary expertise to bear on problems in environmental risk assessment, the center facilitates the development of significantly improved, scientifically-based approaches for estimating human and ecological risks for using the results of such assessments.
Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP): Director – Tissa Illangasekare
The mission of the center is to enhance environmental quality through experimental investigation of subsurface environmental processes and remediation techniques leading to improved and cost effective cleanup methodology and decision-making.
Center for Innovation in Earth Resources Science and Engineering (CIERSE) Director: Steve Enders
CIERSE incorporates expertise and has research projects in other departments, including: Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, and Environmental Science & Engineering.
Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR): Director – Jerry Boak
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 (CP): Director – Mike Batzle
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 fluidproperties for exploration and reservoir monitoring. The most current projects center on fluid distributions in rocks and how these distributions affect characteristicssuch as wave attenuation, velocity dispersion and seismic signature.
Center for Research on Hydrates and Other Solids (CHS): Director – Dendy Sloan; Co-directors Carolyn Koh and Amadeu Sum
The mission of the center is to research, through discovery and innovation, the science and application of clathrate hydrates and other solids in complex fluids. This is accomplished by the generation and dissemination of knowledge through the training and education of scientists and engineers. The other solids of interest besides clathrate hydrates include ice, asphaltenes, waxes, clays, and sediments. The complex fluids include gases, oils, and aqueous fluids. The center fosters integrative and multidisciplinary research on these areas to address fundamental science and practical challenges involving clathrate hydrates and other solids in energy production, transportation and storage.
Center for Solar and Electronic Materials (CSEM): Director – Reuben Collins
CSEM explores research and education in solar and electronic materials and technology. The center facilitates interdisciplinary collaborations across the Mines campus and fosters interactions with national laboratories, industries, public utilities, and other universities. It also serves to guide and strengthen the electronic materials curriculum.
Center for Space Resources (CSR): Director – Angel Abbud-Madrid
CSR is a research and technology development center dedicated to thehuman and robotic exploration of space and the utilization of its resources forthe benefit of our society through the joint efforts of academia, government,and the private sector. The CSR conducts scientific studies and technologydevelopment projects on the areas of space and planetary remote sensing,prospecting, drilling, excavation and extraction, materials processing andmanufacturing, propulsion, and spacecraft life-support systems.
Center for Underground Construction and Tunneling (CUCT): Director – Michael Mooney
A collaborative group of faculty and students from civil, geological and mining engineering, as well as other disciplines, advancing new knowledge in underground construction and tunneling.
Center for Wave Phenomena (CWP): Director – Dave Hale
CWP’s main focus is on seismic modeling, imaging, and inversion methods, as well as on improving the accuracy and efficiency of seismic processing algorithms, especially for application to regions of structural complexity.
Center for Welding, Joining and Coatings Research (CWJCR): Director – Stephen Liu
Research investigations by CWJCR are diverse, including hybrid laser-arc welding of high strength steels, laser processing of reactive metals, welding consumable development for controlling weld residual stress, hydrogen management in high strength steel weldments, flux-cored arc welding consumables for minimum fume generation, development of underwater wet welding consumables, welding of advanced steels used in the power generation industry, lead-free solder alloy development, electronic and magnetic alloy phase identification, pipeline for ethanol transportation, vision-based control of robotic welding, metal-ceramic and ceramic-ceramic brazing, and modeling of arc, electrode and weld pool. The center has excellent facilities for conducting materials welding, joining, and processing research.
Chevron Center of Research Excellence (CSMCoRE): Director – David Pyles
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.
Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics (CCAC): Director – Ivar Reimanis
CCAC focuses on ceramic synthesis and processing; ceramic-metal composites; ceramic films, fibers and composites; oxidation and corrosion; dielectrics, ferroelectrics, and magnetics; glass/glass crystallization; materials for fuel cells and batteries; porous materials and substrates; electronic and optical ceramics; gas-solid interactions; ceramic-metal joining; combustion synthesis; powder and whisker synthesis.
Colorado Energy Research Institute (CERI): Director – Dag Nummedal
CERI leverages Colorado’s long tradition of energy leadership by bringing industry, government, and academic interests together to tackle challenging energy issues. CERI is equipped and ready to coordinate research statewide to develop clean fossil and renewable energy resources; position Colorado as a leader in the energy industry; investigate promising hybrid technologies; enable companies to outsource specific research needs and manage R&D risk; introduce bright students and professionals to challenging industry opportunities.
Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC): Director – Neal Sullivan
CFCC seeks to advance fuel-cell research, development, and commercialization and to promote business opportunities in Colorado. The day-to-day activities of the center are handled by a director. All contracting and business activities are conducted through Colorado School of Mines.
Colorado Institute for Energy, Materials and Computational Science (CIEMACS): Director – Colin Wolden
CIEMACS is an interdisciplinary research institute involving research active faculty and students from several academic departments at Colorado School of Mines. These faculty and students have expertise in the chemistry, physics and engineering of energy conversion processes, including 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 combustion systems and reactive flows. CIEMACS is also a Mines focal point for high performance computing and is home to the CIEMACS-CHEETAH teraflop computing laboratory.
Colorado Institute for Macromolecular Science and Engineering (CIMSE): Director – Dan Knauss
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.
Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI): Manager – Brian Asbury
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.
Energy and Mines Field Institute (EMFI): Director – Gary Baughman
EMFI provides intensive on-site educational opportunities on energy and mineral resource exploration, extraction, benefaction, and utilization operations and issues.
Energy Modeling Group (EMG): Director - Dr. Yu-Shu Wu
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.
Golden Energy Computing Organization (GECO): Director– Mark Lusk
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).
Integrated Ground Water Modeling Center (IGWMC): Director – Reed Maxwell
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 (KIEM): Director – Patrick Taylor
A grant from the late W.J. Kroll, the inventor of the Kroll Process for the production of Titanium and Zirconium, enabled the establishment of an Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. The primary focus of the institute is the development of new technologies for the physical-chemical processing of materials. This includes the production and refining of metals, the processing of wastes and hazardous materials, the recycling of materials, and the synthesis of advanced materials.
Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS): Directors– Hossein Kazemi and Erdal Ozkan
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 (MOABC): Directors– David Marr and Jeff Squier
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): Director– Uwe Greife, Associate Director– Linda Figueroa
A recognized strength and tradition of the Colorado School of Mines is the development of the earth’s resources, energy applications, synthesis of advanced materials, and stewardship of the environment. This tradition includes the nuclear fuel cycle and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) serves to apply a demonstrated Mines capability in response to the rejuvenation of the nuclear industry. The NuSEC seeks to: advance research and development in the elements of the nuclear fuel cycle, advance basic nuclear and subatomic science and enhance the education of new and established scientists and engineers in the field.
Petroleum Exploration and Production Center (PEPC): Director – John Curtis
PEPC specializes in applied studies of petroleum reservoirs.The center integrates disciplines from within the Departments of Geology and Geological Engineering, Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering. PEPC offers students and faculty the opportunity to participate in research areas including:improved techniques for exploration, drilling, completion, stimulation and reservoir evaluation techniques; characterization of stratigraphic architecture and flow behavior of petroleum reservoirs at multiple scales; evaluation of petroleum reserves and resources at multiple scales; evaluation of petroleum reserves and resources on a national and worldwide basis; and development and application of educational techniques to integrate the petroleum disciplines.
Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC): Director P.K. Sen
The "Energy Systems and Power Electronics" group at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) pursues both fundamental and applied research in the interrelated fields of conventional electric power/energy systems and machinery, renewable energy resources, distributed power generation, energy economics and policy, power electronics and power quality.
Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC): Director – Craig Taylor, Co-Director: Reuben Collins
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 first will concentrate on harnessing unique properties of nanostructured materials to significantly enhance the performance of photovoltaic devices. The second Interdisciplinary research group will explore advanced composite membranes for renewable energy applications. The project 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 will allow sharing of students, research associates, equipment and facilities between the two organizations. In addition, more than a dozen companies actively involved in alternative energy will partner with the center. The center will also collaborate with two internationally known academic partners: University of New South Wales and Imperial College, University of London.
ReNUWIt Center: The Urban Water Center: Director - Jorg Drewes
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 (RCP): Director – Tom Davis
RCP is an independently sponsored research consortium whose mission is to develop and apply 4-D, multi-component seismology and associated technologies to effectively model complex reservoirs. We have established a leading-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching program which fosters industry and university interaction and provides cost effective, collaborative research. The research benefits consortium members, and trains and graduates students for employment in the oil and gas industry.
SmartGeo Center for Intelligent Geosystems: Director – Mike Mooney
Advancing sensing, monitoring, and intelligent control knowledge in geoconstruction, remediation, infrastructure monitoring, and transportation.
The John U. and Sharon L. Trefny Institute for Educational Innovation: Director – Barb Moskal
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.
Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute.: Director: Azra Nur Tutuncu, Ph.D., P.E., P.G.
The Colorado School of Mines has established the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute, to support unconventional natural gas research and to partner with industry and government organizations in enhancing enhance existing Mines in-house expertise and communication between departments in Colorado School of Mines. Fourteen current CSM research centers, along with faculty from nine of the thirteen degree-granting departments are affiliated with UNGI.
UNGI aids as:
- Offering an umbrella structure for enhanced coordination of large, multidisciplinary integrated projects
- Providing impartial information to public and government organizations on Unconventional Resources
- Helping to train undergraduate and graduate students for specializing in unconventional resources in addition to post-graduate research opportunities
- Bringing opportunities for enhanced infrastructure
Western Mining Resource Center (WMRC): Director – Kadri Dagdelen
WMRC addresses the research and training needs of western mining constituencies. The center complements the research and outreach activities of the Office for Mine Safety and Health of NIOSH, as well as the training programs of the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration.