Check Out Kenneth Bansah!

Ph.D. student Kenneth Bansah works towards mitigating dangers of artisanal and small-scale mining in Ghana, his homeland.

Have a Look at Ken Boyko!

When geological engineering Ph.D. student Ken Boyko is out of the classroom, you can find him on his 240-acre sheep farm.

thank you for 40 years of service!

After 40 years of dedicated service, John Tyler has announced his retirement is set for February 1, 2017.  We are thrilled to have been privileged to have had him as an asset for so long, and are going to miss him greatly.  Please, before John is gone, join us with sending him congratulations on his retirement, and thanking him for his 4 decades of service!

Congratulations Rock Mechanics!

We are proud to announce that our RMERC students competed against other university teams in a contest at the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show to see which team could correctly assemble a waterjet cutting system in the fastest time.  Our team won the contest and with it the prize of a WARDjet cutting system and accessories valued at $89,000.


We had a wonderful inauguration on Tuesday Nov. 1, when the President of WARDjet was here for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in our Equipment Shed.  You can read about the Ribbon Cutting at, and also at


Please have a look at some photos provided by Wardjet from the ceremony:

All About RMERC

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 other related fields.

 Our current research is focused on three areas: