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 South Dakota Mines. 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 Mines campus 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 laser particle size analysis, Raman 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 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.