Addressing Real-World Issues

Patrick Taylor labThe George S. Ansell Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department received nearly $9 million in research awards in fiscal year 2016, for research into coatings, mineral extraction and processing, steel and other alloys, welding and joining, nuclear materials and ceramics, among many other topics.

Our faculty work closely with the nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as national laboratories across the country, the government agencies such as the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, and companies in a wide array of industries, including CoorsTek, Caterpillar and GM. MME students at all levels gain experience in solving real-world problems, thanks to these connections.

Research Areas

  • Physical and mechanical metallurgy
  • Extractive metallurgy and recycling
  • Thin films
  • Welding and joining
  • Ceramics
  • Renewable energy
  • Nuclear materials
  • Fuel cells

There are seven research centers associated with the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department.

Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center

Students testing steel strengthDirector: John Speer

ASPPRC is an industry/university cooperative research center in the field of solid state ferrous physical and mechanical metallurgy. Focus areas include sheet, plate and bar steels related to transportation, energy production and transmission, agriculture and construction, infrastructure, etc.

Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys

Director: Michael Kaufman

CANFSA conducts state-of-the-art research related to non-ferrous structural alloys. Established by faculty at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of North Texas, this center is focused on combining computational modeling (various length and time scales) and experimental approaches (alloying, processing and microstructure/property characterization) in order to advance industrially-relevant projects in an efficient and effective manner.

Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling

Recyclable materialsAssociate Director: Corby Anderson

The Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling is a multi-university, member-driven collaborative. It is committed to being the premier cooperative research center focused on sustainable stewardship of the earth’s resources, with a focus is on helping industry address a pivotal societal need&emdash;the need to create a sustainable future.

Center for Welding, Joining and Coatings Research

Stephen Liu in labDirector: Stephen Liu

Research investigations by CWJCR are diverse, including hybrid laser-arc welding of high strength steels, laser processing of reactive metals, welding consumable development for controlling weld residual stress, hydrogen management in high strength steel weldments, flux-cored arc welding consumables for minimum fume generation, development of underwater wet welding consumables, welding of advanced steels used in the power generation industry, lead-free solder alloy development, electronic and magnetic alloy phase identification, pipeline for ethanol transportation, vision-based control of robotic welding, metal-ceramic and ceramic-ceramic brazing, and modeling of arc, electrode and weld pool.

Colorado Center for Advanced Ceramics

Director: Ivar Reimanis

CCAC focuses on ceramic synthesis and processing; ceramic-metal composites; ceramic films, fibers and composites; oxidation and corrosion; dielectrics, ferroelectrics, and magnetics; glass/glass crystallization; materials for fuel cells and batteries; porous materials and substrates; electronic and optical ceramics; gas-solid interactions; ceramic-metal joining; combustion synthesis; powder and whisker synthesis.

Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy

Student in recycling labDirector: Patrick Taylor

A grant from the late W.J. Kroll, the inventor of the Kroll Process for the production of Titanium and Zirconium, enabled the establishment of an Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. The primary focus of the institute is the development of new technologies for the physical-chemical processing of materials. This includes the production and refining of metals, the processing of wastes and hazardous materials, the recycling of materials, and the synthesis of advanced materials.

Nuclear Science and Engineering Center

Nuclear materialManagement Team Chair: Uwe Greife

A recognized strength and tradition of the Colorado School of Mines is the development of the earth’s resources, energy applications, synthesis of advanced materials, and stewardship of the environment. This tradition includes the nuclear fuel cycle and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) serves to apply a demonstrated Mines capability in response to the rejuvenation of the nuclear industry. The NuSEC seeks to: advance research and development in the elements of the nuclear fuel cycle, advance basic nuclear and subatomic science and enhance the education of new and established scientists and engineers in the field.