Check Out Barbara Rutter!

Ph.D. candidate Barbara Rutter works with one of our Researcher's Dr. Catherine Johnson, assistant professor of explosives engineering on traumatic brain injury

Check out Ethan Steward!

Master's student Ethan Steward works with  one of our Researcher's Dr. Kyle Perry, assistant professor of explosives engineering on Analysis of Coal Mine Seal Integrity from Explosively Driven Projectiles.  Analysis of Coal Mine Seal

Current Newsletter- FALL 2019            


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: 


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