Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Program Description

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering plays a role in all manufacturing processes which convert raw materials into useful products adapted to human needs. The primary goal of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program is to provide undergraduates with a fundamental knowledge base associated with materials-processing, their properties, and their selection and application. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary background and skills for successful careers in materials related industries; or for pursuit of graduate education in materials research and technology development and related fields.

The emphasis in the Department is on materials design and processing, which encompass: the conversion of mineral and chemical resources into metallic and ceramic/semiconducting materials; the engineering and synthesis of new materials; refining and processing to produce high performance materials for applications from consumer products to aerospace and electronics; the characterization and modification through processing of mechanical, chemical and physical properties of materials; and the selection of materials for specific applications.

The metallurgical and materials engineering discipline is founded on fundamentals in chemistry, mathematics and physics. These underlie the knowledge base and the skills for the processing of materials so as to achieve superior performance in application and enabling of new technologies. The engineering principles in this discipline include: crystal structure and structural analysis, thermodynamics of materials, reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, phase equilibria, phase transformations, microstructural evolution, mechanical behavior, and how the electronic and physical properties of materials can be designed and optimized.

The core-discipline fundamentals are applied to a broad range of materials processes including extraction and refining of materials, alloy development, casting, mechanical working, joining and forming, ceramic particle processing, sintering, high temperature reactions, and synthesis of engineered materials. The relationship of microchemistries, microstructures, and controlled defect structures or their elimination on materials properties and performance in all types of applications are emphasized.

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Undergraduate Program places particular emphasis on hands-on experimental work in addition to classroom learning.  Laboratories, located in Nathaniel Hill Hall, are among the finest in the nation and are being continuously upgraded to support more relevant and advanced learning by students. The laboratories combined with classroom instruction, provide for a well-integrated education of the undergraduates. These facilities are well equipped and dedicated to: particulate and chemical/extraction, metallurgical and materials processing, corrosion and hydro/electro-metallurgical studies, physical and mechanical metallurgy, welding and joining, forming, processing and testing of ceramic materials. Mechanical testing facilities include computerized machines for tension, compression, torsion, toughness, fatigue and thermo-mechanical testing.  In particular the “Hot Shop” has been established with professional supervision, providing opportunities for hands-on creation of items using our foundry, forging, welding, and glass facilities.  These are available both for class-related and general access and are used by our bladesmithing, glass blowing, and other activities such as senior design projects.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to become involved in faculty research as opportunities permit. Such research is intended to be equivalent to graduate-level work and can make use of our advanced characterization facilities.  These include: vapor deposition, and both plasma and high-temperature reaction systems; analytical laboratories for microstructural and microchemical analysis using techniques such as electron microscopy and various spectroscopies.

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering undergraduate degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) Program Educational Objectives

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) program emphasizes the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials. Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program at Mines prepares graduates who:

  1. obtain a range of positions in industry or positions in government facilities or pursue graduate education in engineering, science, or other fields;
  2. demonstrate advancement in their chosen careers;
  3. engage in appropriate professional societies and continuing education activities.

The three MME program educational objectives were determined by using inputs from program constituencies (faculty, students, visiting committee, industry recruiters and alumni). These objectives are consistent with those of the Colorado School of Mines. Mines is an engineering and applied science institution, dedicated to the education and training of students who will be stewards of the earth's resources.

Primary Contact

Stacey Lucero


Kip O. Findley

Brian P. Gorman

Michael J. Kaufman, Office of Research and Technology Transfer

Suveen N. Mathaudhu

Ryan P. O'Hayre

Ivar E. Reimanis, Herman F. Coors Distinguished Professor of Ceramics

Angus A. Rockett, Department Head

John G. Speer, American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Associate Professors

Geoff L. Brennecka, Fryrear Chair for Innovation and Excellence

Amy Clarke

Emmanuel De Moor

Jeffrey C. King

Corinne E. Packard

Zhenzhen Yu

Assistant Professors

Kester Clarke, FIERF Professor

Jonah Klemm-Toole

Vladen Stevanovic

Teaching Professor

Gerald Bourne, Assistant Department Head

Research Faculty

Lawrence Cho

Robert Cryderman

Prashun Gorai

Peter Green

Terry Lowe

Juan Carlos Madeni

Steve Midson

Michael Sanders

Andriy Zakutayev

Affiliate Faculty

Corby G. Anderson, Harrison Western Professor

Grover Coors

Adam Creuziger

Ron Goldfarb

Sridhar Seetharaman

Erik Spiller

Patrick R. Taylor, George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Metallurgy

Terry Totemeier

James Williams

Emeriti Professors

Glen R. Edwards, University Professor Emeritus

John P. Hager, University Professor Emeritus

George Krauss, University Professor Emeritus

Stephen Liu, University Professor Emeritus, Inaugural American Bureau of Shipping Chair Professor

Gerard P. Martins, Professor Emeritus

David K. Matlock, University Professor Emeritus

Brajendra Mishra, University Professor Emeritus

John J. Moore, Professor Emeritus

David L. Olson, University Professor Emeritus

Dennis W. Readey, Universtiy Professor Emeritus

Chester J. Van Tyne, Professor Emeritus

Emeriti Associate Professors

Gerald L. DePoorter

Robert H. Frost

Steven W. Thompson