Mines Research – Innovation with Impact

Research Pillars: Earth, Energy, Environment, Foundations, Fundamentals, & Frontiers

Mines Research – Innovation with Impact

Solving the world’s critical scientific & engineering challenges

Structured to bring together transdisciplinary research expertise, our Pillars of Research enable Mines to conduct research in context – to provide innovative solutions that incorporate an understanding of social, economic, political, and environmental impacts.

Driven by our commitment to find real-world solutions, Mines researchers embrace a culture of inclusion that promotes diversity and collaboration across campus. Discover how we are working together to develop sustainable solutions for our modern world.

Research Pillars: Earth, Energy, Environment, Foundations, Fundamentals, & Frontiers

Planet Earth viewed from space with glowing city lights.

Earth Exploration

Understanding our planet & responsibly developing its resources

Electricity power in nature over solar panel.

Integrated Energy Solutions

Powering the future

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Sustainable Environment & Climate

Protecting our planet

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Foundations of Responsible Innovation

Building solutions in global context

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Fundamentals of Scientific Discovery

Expanding our understanding of the world

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Science & Engineering Frontiers

Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible

Science-based solutions through transdisciplinary research

We are committed to working together to tackle tomorrow’s biggest challenges and capitalize on the opportunities to translate science and engineering into technologies that improve our lives. Start here to join us in our mission.

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Golden, CO 80401


Discover our Research Initiatives

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Beyond Mines@150: Mines Strategic Research Initiatives

Mines has embarked on a comprehensive strategic research plan that embraces our strengths and drives our growth as we address the challenges of the future. Aligning with identified core themes, we are establishing cross-cutting and high impact Strategic Research Initiatives that will be:

Focused – designed with a specific target and scope that lead to sustained funding and enhanced reputation

Strategic – elevating an area where Mines is already a global leader or enabling Mines to expand expertise and leadership in critical emerging fields

Transdisciplinary – integrating researchers across disciplines at Mines and with external collaborators

Global – addressing a priority issue with global implications, attracting external funding, and encouraging formation of impactful partnerships

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“In 1874, when Colorado School of Mines became the first public university of the U.S. territory of Colorado, the name “Mines” signified research and education focused on the technologies that mattered most to jobs and economic prosperity. That focus hasn’t changed over the years as the world continues to look to Mines to bring the best minds together to solve the planet’s most pressing and complex challenges.”

– Walter G. Copan, Vice President for Research & Technology Transfer