Research & Technology Transfer
Message from the Vice President
Welcome to the world of Mines Research and Technology Transfer. Research at the Colorado School of Mines has always been inspired by the changing needs of society and has driven the creation of new technologies to address those needs.
Because of our historical roots in gold and silver mining, Mines is widely known for our geological and earth resource-related work, but the reality today is far greater. Our motto, “Earth, Energy, and Environment” does not constrain the type of research we do; rather, it highlights the types of problems – highly complex, often under-determined, and dynamic – that we like to solve. The earth, energy, and environmental challenges on earth (and beyond) will increasingly demand everything from quantum computation to new mathematics, as well as a “no atom left behind” approach to managing our resources, and Mines research today encompasses all of these and more. The collective talent of our faculty and students, combined with a culture of use-inspired and transdisciplinary research, are at the core of Mines’ success, and enable a host of strong alliances with industry, with other universities, and with government institutions – many focused on discovery, extraction, and recycling of mineral, energy, or water resources. In particular, a history of transitioning new technologies to our industry partners keeps our eyes on our mission: research for the benefit of society. I am confident you will find on our website a sense of the vitality, diversity, and problem-focused philosophy of Mines research, from discovery to invention to solutions. Stefanie Tompkins
Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer
- In the workplace of the future, AI could help personalize training for displaced workers
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Xiaoli Zhang is the lead researcher on a $1 million National Science Foundation project to create an AI-enabled tool for retraining workers in the metals ind …
- Mines researchers leading the fight against 'forever' chemicals
Persistent chemical compounds are lurking in our water supply, making their way into drinking water, agriculture and other consumables. How do we begin to treat this problem and make our water safe ag …
- Security in 3D: Engineering solutions to the U.S. military’s parts problems
When soldiers are out in the field — literally in life-or-death situations — the last thing they need to worry about is a door falling off their tactical vehicle if they’re hit by a roadside bomb. …
Colorado School of Mines remains committed to tackling some of the most difficult challenges in earth, energy and environment, including finding solutions to groundwater contamination and lowering the risks of small-scale mining.