Education Overview

Colorado School of Mines has recently approved the addition of a special emphasis sequence in Energetic Materials (Explosives) to the Materials Science graduate program. This special emphasis in Energetic Materials (Explosives) will be offered to students pursuing PhD and MS degrees in Materials Science. This new and interdisciplinary area of emphasis will endeavor to recruit professional students from U.S. National Laboratories, government agencies and private-sector companies. Graduate students will be closely mentored by subject-matter experts and industry professionals and will be allowed the unique opportunity to investigate material and material properties under dynamic loading, energetic materials undergoing detonation, high-fidelity technology, post-detonation phenomena and material behavior under large-rate deformation and strain. In addition to the world-class facilities already existent on the Mines campus, including the explosives research laboratory (ERL), small-scale laboratory/blasting chamber (SSL), and the high-fidelity mobile detonation physics laboratory (HFMDPL), cooperative participation with research personnel from Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories is currently being developed. Moreover, the program has the support of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The AXPRO team works closely with the Mining Engineering Department to enhance the explosives minor program. This collaboration exposed students to cutting edge explosives research currently being conducted by AXPRO and provides CSM students with hands-on, practical field experience. 

Students graduate from the explosives minor program with unique explosives knowledge and experience that provides them with a competitive advantage in their future career. 

The AXPRO group is actively involved in training and continuing education programs for industry and end users of explosives. These training programs can be tailored to a variety of experience levels and areas of interest. For more information about continuing education programs, please visit the link on the left side of the page. 

The AXPRO group has partnered with the ATF, FBI, Colorado Department of Labor and local police departments to offer an explosives education program for high school students. This one of a kind program is designed to educate students about the proper use of explosives, their role in industry and forensics investigation. Blaster Day provides students the opportunity to conduct their own forensics investigation. To schedule a Blaster Day for your group, please contact the Mining Engineering Department.

CSM Courses A complete sequence of explosives engineering courses are taught for CSM students. Interested students can use the sequence to earn a minor or area of special interest in Explosives Engineering or Explosive Processing of Materials. A two-week summer course MNGN 222 is offered for freshman and sophomores that exposes students to the fundamentals of explosives science and engineering through coursework and laboratory activities. Students can then progress through the Explosives Engineering I and II courses that expand their understanding through applied explosives engineering laboratories and explosives science projects. Finally, a rock fragmentation course is taught for Juniors and Seniors with interest in rock blasting. New graduate class Experimental Methods and Instrumentation for Explosive Engineering MNGN 598 is offered in Spring 2015.