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The Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky has been favored with an excellent faculty, a sufficiency of space and an abundance of modern equipment.

This section attempts to describe succinctly the Department’s capabilities in research and development for the benefit of potential research collaborators and sponsors.

In summary, the mining faculty has access to 25,259 square feet of space and to equipment with an original purchase value in excess of $1.6 million. They are served by an elaborate but flexible computing network containing personal computers, workstations and minicomputers.

The Departmental LAN is connected to the campus fiber backbone allowing access to campus mainframes and Engineering Computing Services workstations. Via the campus fiber backbone, the Department of Mining Engineering has full Internet access allowing for the sharing of ideas and information with colleagues throughout the world. View details about the research the Mining Faculty are conducting.

Although described separately, the facilities of the UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), are readily available to Departmental researchers. A number of completed cooperative projects point to the open relationship between the Center and the Department. The CAER is a 60,000 square foot facility containing over $7 million in process development and analytical equipment.

Research News

143 current UK scientists and scholars were included on the list compiled by Stanford University in a partnership with Elsevier, and 22 of those included are UK Pigman College of Engineering faculty. 

L to R: Bertucci, Dailey and Lycans.

Three engineering students were selected to present their research at the Kentucky State Capitol on March 2. 

Rare earth elements are a series of 17 chemical elements found in the Earth’s crust.

The project seeks to extract rare earths from fossil fuel waste streams to diversify the supply base and provide economic opportunity for depressed communities. 

Agioutantis is the first faculty member to represent the University of Kentucky on the editorial board of the publication. 

Mining engineering professor Jack Groppo is spearheading an effort to turn domestic electronics waste into a Kentucky industry.

The project is expected to start on November 1, 2020, and will span two years.

The $223,000 award will support Agioutantis’ investigation into pillar design and stability with integrated pillar load and opening convergence in mines.