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Geotechnical Engineering

In Geotechnical Engineering, on-going studies include rock and soil mechanics, instrumentation, foundation design and slope stability. Major projects include the slope stability of mine rock piles, monitoring and evaluation of highway slopes, and the development of deformation instrumentation for the application to underground and surface rock and soil movements. New Mexico Tech researchers work closely with the state highway department, cities and counties  to develop new methods to analyze geoetchnical problems.

Mining Engineering

In Mining Engineering, three major areas of study that  are available include rock mechanics, rock blasting and vibration control, and environmental aspects. Rock mechanics research includes the development of new testing methodology to evaluate the behavior of rock around underground excavations. Environmental control of mine wastes, mine waste characterization remediation. Design of waste-site facilities.

Explosives  Engineering

The application of explosives for the fragmentation of rock and military and commercial applications is an area of research for which New Mexico Tech has a long history. The Department is active in fragmentation studies and works closely with industry in the areas of ground vibration and airblast control. Research in blast effects involve studies both at the source, by evaluating geologic structures, and at structures, by measuring  structure response. In addition, blast induced damage in the vicinity of the blast is studied and correlated with fragmentation and blast design parameters. Students have many opportunities to work in the field while others prefer to conduct research in computer modeling of detonations, forensics, and development of shape charges.

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