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1006 Kingshighway, Rolla, MO 65409  - Phone:  (573) 341-4365  - Fax: (573) 341-4368  - Email:

The Rock Mechanics & Explosives Research Center (RMERC), founded in 1964, provides research leadership in a broad range of scientific and engineering fields with emphasis on activities centered on or related to the mineral resource lease. 

The Center serves the mining and petroleum industries, the nuclear industry, geological science and engineering and the related wider industrial manufacturing community. 

A particular emphasis is to foster innovative and responsive research in rock physics and all fields of science and engineering that deal with rock, including energy production, mining, geology, geophysics, nuclear and related fields.

 Our current research is focused on three areas: 


Upcoming Events

Digital Art Show in Leach Theatre Lobby - featuring art of Dr. David Summers, the RMERC former Director. Read more here.

Friday Graduate Gathering
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rock Mechanics Facility
1006 Kingshighway

September 26, 2014 
Author:  Dr. Zeshan Hyder,  Assistant Professor in Mining Engineering Department of Missouri S&T.
Title: Saudi Mining Polytechnic-Challenges and Opportunities


Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP) is an academic institute in Arar Saudi Arabia aimed at promoting indigenous technical workforce for Saudi Arabia especially in the emerging field of mining. SMP is a non-profit institute working under Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden) and the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training. Missouri S&T through the Department of Mining Engineering has a contract with Ma’aden to provide academic expertise, vocational training and management services for SMP. Missouri S&T through its faculty and staff dedicated to SMP provides these services. This presentation will discuss the structure of this program, curriculum and competencies development, expected outcomes and basic management structure. It will also describe various challenges related to students, faculty and management and opportunities for research, growth, and development provided by this project. In addition, diversity and uniqueness of Saudi culture and traditions and its impact on this project will be discussed.

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