Research at S&T

We are the Energetic Materials, Rock Characterization, and Geomechanics Research Center (EMRGe).

As a multidisciplinary research institution, we are expanding on the research of energetic materials and geomechanics in a joint effort of subterranean exploration and national defense to address the many complex geomechanical challenges in subsurface engineering disciplines.

EMRGe Highlights

Current Research


  • Understanding the effect of digging parameters on excavation forces using discrete element method- Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei
  • Integrated numerical-laboratory approach to evaluate cement sheath integrity at Mont Terri- Dr. Andreas Eckert
  • Crustal Structure and Subsidence of the Williston Basin: Constraints from Modeling of Gravity Data: Dr. Stephen Gao
  • Post Blast Forensics Training for Fort Leonard Wood USAMPS- Dr. Catherine Johnson
  • Low Intensity Blast-Induced Brain Molecular and Ultrastructural Abnormalities in Human Tau Transgenic Mice- Dr. Catherine Johnson
  • Graduate Fellowships in Nuclear Engineering at Missouri S&T 2019-2023- Dr. Hyoung Lee
  • Stationary CT Design for Real Time 4-D Imaging of Traumatic Brain Injury- Dr. Hyoung Lee
  • Development of Design Method for H2Ri Wicking Fabric in Pavement Structures: Phase II- Dr. Xiong Zhang
  • Validation testing of LLNL onsite Energetic Material Transportation Containers-Dr. Catherine Johnson

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  • SME 2017 Freeport-McMoRAN Career Development Grant - Dr. Catherine Johnson
  • Geopaths-Extra: Road Maps into Geoscience - Dr. Andreas Eckert
  • First Ever Field Pilot on Alaska's North Slope to Validate the use of Polymer Floods for Heavy oil EOR - Dr. Baojun Bai
  • Preparing Interdisciplinary Professionals for Rebuilding/Engineering Resilient Infrastructure of the Nation - Dr. Jenny Liu and Xiong Zhang
  • Investigating the Pervasiveness of Complex Seismic Anisotropy and its Geodynamic Significance beneath Continents- Dr. Kelly Liu
  • Explosives and Soybeans: Meeting the Need for a More Environmentally Friendly Explosive- Dr. Phillip Mulligan
  • Detonations Synthesis of Nanomaterials- Dr. Catherine Johnson
  • CARRER: Investigating the source, transport and deposition of economically important metals in the lower continental crust-Dr. Marek Locmelis
  • LIBRE: Lake Izabal Basin Research Endeavor-Dr. Jonathan Obrist-Farner
  • SCEC5 Year 4 Research Collaboration at the Missouri University of Science and Technology- Dr. Jeremy Maurer 

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  • The LIBRE (Lake Izabal Basin Research Endeavor) Scientific Drilling Workshop: Drilling and Coring the Lake Izabal Basin- Dr. Jonathan Obrist-Farner
  • Analysis of Coal Mine Seal Integrity from Explosively Driven Projectiles- Dr. Kyle Perry
  • BlackBox Biometrics-Wearable Gauges-Dr. Phillip Mulligan
  • Petro- Physics Property and EOR Potential Evaluation of Tight Oil Sands- Dr. Mingzhen Wei
  • Collaborative Research: NNA Track 1: Advancing Arctic Prosperity through Infrastructures and Sociodemographic Resilience under the Effect of Permafrost Degradation- Dr. Xiong Zhang
  • Snow and Ice Treatment Products Evaluation- Dr. Jenny Liu
  • WORKSHOP: Resilient Supply of Critical Minerals- Dr. Marek Locmelis
  • Numerical Investigation of Rib Stability in Underground Coal Mines Independent Estimate of Cost-Dr. Taghi Sherizadeh
  • RAPID: Assessing the fate of flood born contaminants- Dr. Jonathan Obrist-Farner
  • Open-Field Blast Core Facility- Dr. Catherine Johnson
  • Resource Evaluation and Technology Development- Dr. Lana Alagha
  • Training on Public Reporting of Exploration Results. Mineral Resources and Reserves- Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei

Have a Question?

Interested in discussing what research and manufacturing challenges we can help you solve? Please contact us.

Andreas Eckert

Director, Associate Professor of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering