Advanced Explosives Processing Research Group


Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science located in Golden, Colorado. It has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of a few institutions in the world having broad expertise in explosives education and research.

The Advanced eXplosives Processing Research grOup (AXPRO) leverages existing explosives engineering interdisciplinary synergy across Colorado School of Mines (Mines) campus to meet the needs of the industry via mutually beneficial partnership programs involving access to faculty, students, and AXPRO state-of-the-art research facilities. Annual Constituent Collaboration Engineering Student Success (ACCESS) Program.

The new Energetic (Explosives) Engineering Program will provide the next generation of explosives engineers for industry and government agencies. Industry support and partnership with AXPRO-ACCESS is critical in maintaining and growing the pipeline of high-quality explosives engineers and scientists for industry as well as ensuring that the research being conducted is in alignment with industry and government partners. Your organization’s contribution, at a suggested level of $15,000, $10,000 or $5,000, will help support the AXPRO program by:

  • Supporting industry and government student projects. Opportunity to work with AXPRO Team on student's research ideas and potential projects.
  • Lab equipment and supplies ensuring student success at both Small-Scale lab and Explosives Research Lab (ERL). Access to lab and state-of-the-art facilities (both Small-Scale Lab & ERL).
  • Staff and professional development. Occasion to partner with AXPRO staff and faculty.
  • Create a pipeline of future explosives engineering leaders that meet the demands of both industry and government. Opportunity to sponsor students and postdoc Fellows & Associates, and work as mentor/mentee programs.
  • Ensure cutting edge research being done is in alignment with government and industry needs and initiatives. Opportunity to partner with AXPRO faculty and graduate students on specific research challenges and projects.
  • ***Customized AXPRO-ACCESS programs can be tailored to include short courses, facility access agreements, scholarships, fellowships, faculty/staff advisors/professorships, and specific projects. Please contact AXPRO staff today! ***

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    AXPRO Consortium

    The AXPRO Consortium is a leader in explosive engineering based research and education. Members of the consortium—individuals, global companies, organizations, and governments with an invested interest in explosive engineering—have access to a wide spectrum of AXPRO’s knowledge base in explosive technologies and education. In addition to participating in research and education of explosive safety and technologies, members also have the opportunity to pool their resources to achieve common goals. Members can work directly with the student population, utilize research laboratories, and access current and past research reports. AXPRO also provides tailored training and assists members through the processing of ideas from the point of inception to their technical and engineering solutions. Other benefits offered to consortium members include the availability of conferencing and meeting spaces, as well as rentals of AXPRO’s research laboratories and highly specialized equipment.

    AXPRO wishes the consortium to act as an incubator for a new generation of engineers and aims to provide research leadership in a broad range of science and engineering fields related to explosives engineering and explosive material processing, while attaining these benefits at a low annual fee. As experts in the field of explosives technology, AXPRO offers professional advancements, licensure, and certifications pertaining to field competencies. Access to AXPRO and Colorado School of Mines facilities is contingent upon the level of membership selected. Non-members are welcome to attend continuing education offerings, however, they will not receive the same benefits as consortium members. For one low annual fee, group consortium members may register for all the education programs sponsored by the AXPRO team, tuition free, with no limit to the number of attendees per group.

    The Consortium is designed to ensure that members have complementary interests and commercial confidentiality is maintained. The Consortium is run by a steering committee consisting of members of CSM’s university research team and representatives of each of the industrial sponsors.

    Consortium membership is by invitation only. Interested parties should contact Dr. Vilem Petr at

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