Four major research areas are the focus of the future
In 2010, the School of Mines initiated a research strategic planning effort that led to the establishment of the four major research areas that will be the focus of the future.
These research areas have an initial critical mass of facilities and personnel; possess the ability to foster the future development of major new research activities within five to 10 years; enable the development of special niches of national excellence; are highly important for the state or nation, and well-supported with competitive grants and contracts by one or more components of federal funding agencies; and enable significant growth in graduate programs.
These research areas not only define our current strengths but they also enable us to understand the interrelationships among present research activities. This allows us to plan for growth in ways that are synergistic. Strategic research planning is continuing here at the School of Mines and has become only one component of a comprehensive, university-wide strategic planning effort that will culminate in a School of Mines Strategic Plan.