Top mining engineering schools

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Top mining engineering schools
Mining engineers aid in the extraction and analysis of various minerals. (mining truck image by max blain from

Mining engineers are responsible for the extraction, examination and analysis of minerals from the earth. Mining engineering requires a four-year degree in engineering, but many mining engineers go on to pursue a master's degree as well. Although there are no "official" rankings for top mining engineering programs there are a number of top engineering programs in the United States that offer mining engineering degrees.

Penn State University

Penn State University (PSU) in University Park, Pennsylvania, has one of the top engineering programs in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Penn State program No. 23 in the nation among all engineering programs in 2009. As part of this nationally ranked program, PSU's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers a bachelor's degree in the field through its Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. The program encompasses a number of related disciplines within the engineering field such as mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering. Students also study business and management as they relate to the field of mining engineering. The program represents a wide array of research interests in the field by faculty members and students. Some of these include environmental control, mine ventilation, mechanical excavation and rock fragmentation, tunnelling and underground construction and intelligent mine materials handling systems, among many others.

Penn State University Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering 110 Hosler Building University Park, PA 16802 814-865-3437>

Virginia Tech

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