Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES)

The Engineering and Mining Experiment Station (EMES) provides a centralized multi-user instrumentation facility for the characterization and testing of minerals, ores, raw materials, manufactured products, waters, and biological materials to support research and academic programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Additionally, the EMES provides analytical services for outside government, industry, and academic organizations. The EMES facilities are located in the Mineral Industries building on the campus of SDSM&T in Rapid City, SD. Currently, the EMES operates, maintains, and oversees training for the following instrumentation:


The EMES also works closely with other laboratories on campus to assist in the utilization of other instrumentation and analytical techniques including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, laser particle size analysis, Raman and FT-IR spectrometry, and scanning tunneling microscopy.

The EMES is the longest-running core research facility at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and has provided analytical services to the public and private sectors since for over a century. Founded by the South Dakota Legislature in 1903, the EMES was originally developed to assist the regional mining industry in the analysis and characterization of ores and other mineral products. Today, the EMES strives to provide analytical services and support for users with a wide range of needs. Information regarding available facilities, analytical capabilities, and lab contacts are available on the pages for the respective instruments.

Duke, Edward


EMES Director
Dr. Edward Duke
Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering
Email:  Edward.Duke@sdsmt.edu
Office: Mineral Industries 234
ph. (605) 394-2388