- Geology & Geological
- Institute for Energy Studies
- Prospective Students
- Current Students
The College of Engineering and Mines has expertise in a broad range of research activities. The primary research areas are listed here in association with the academic department or research center that house the expertise. Details regarding any of these research interests can be found by visiting the each department or center.
Department of Chemical Engineering Research Priorities
Renewable and Sustainable Energy - Transportation and Stationary Power
Renewable Materials and Chemicals
Sustainable and Environmentally Acceptable Use of Coal / Clean Coal Technology
Next Generation Power Production Systems
Environmental Mitigation with an Emphasis on Energy Systems and Modeling
Department of Civil Engineering Research Priorities
Pavement materials design
Hydraulic flow analysis
Water and wastewater treatment
Land surface modeling computational methods
Department of Electrical Engineering Research Priorities:
Aerospace Sensor & Payload Design
Biomedical Signal & Image Processing with Applications
Renewable Energy Systems
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Research Priorities:
Petroleum Geology and Engineering
Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction
Department of Mechanical Engineering Research Priorities:
Engineering Education and Effective K-12 Outreach
Materials and Structures for Energy Generation
Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Transport, and Thermodynamics of Energy Conversion and Conservation
Machine Vision, Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Degradation of Materials and Structures
Advanced Engineering Materials Center (AEMC) Research Priorities
Deweighting/Lightweight reliable and functional Materials
Cold Welding - Friction Stir Processing
Laser Processing of Materials - Surface Modification and Cladding
Additive Manufacturing - Cold Spray and Laser Materials Processing
Production of liquid and gaseous fuels (ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, methane for example) and specialty chemicals from biomass, fossil fuels and other resources, including infrastructure development.
Stationary power generation including increasing energy efficiency from existing and new systems, renewable energy systems, clean coal technologies, carbon sequestration, and hydrogen production.
Transmission and distribution systems, including approaches to integrate distributed generation produced from renewable resources.
Environmental cleanup and protection of air, water, and soil, focusing on energy and industrial generated sources.
Integration of social, political, regulatory, and legal into the development and implementation of new technologies.
Petroleum Research Education and Entrepreneurship Center (PREEC) Research Priorities
Improve our understanding of the geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering characteristics of the Williston Basin
Develop enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques for the entire Williston Basin
Develop techniques for CO2 sequestration in the Williston Basin
Develop engineering enhanced geothermal systems (EEGS) using oil field waters to generate electrical power
Address environmental and policy issues of petroleum exploration and production
Help entrepreneurs develop new businesses and industry
Sustainable Energy Research Infrastructure and Supporting Education (SUNRISE) Research Priorities
The invention, development, and commercialization of transportation fuels, chemicals, and polymers from oil seed crops.
Conversion of crop oils into fuels and chemicals, through a thermal reaction process known as cracking
Developing polymers and fiber-based composites to replace petroleum-derived products
Fundamental research into the partitioning mechanisms of trace metals and the formation of particulate matter during coal combustion
Applied research into emission mitigation strategies for metals, particles, and CO2
Merging wind energy, hydrogen production and storage, and fuel cells, to bring emission-free and reliable power towards commercial availability
Fuel cell membrane development
Making solar panels from inexpensive photoconductive biomaterials and electrically conductive nanoparticles