Objectives of education and research in the Department of Earth Resources Engineering are to bring up earth resources engineers and to contribute to sustainable and environment adaptable development of mineral and energy resources. These resources are necessary not only for our daily life through supply of electricity, fuels for automobiles and industrial products, but also for supporting fundamental activities of various type industries. At the same time, development of these resources should be carried out with particular care of their effects on environment as well as its sustainability.
Our department consists of seven laboratories that specialize respective research field: Economic Geology, Engineering Geophysics, Geothermics, Resources Production and Safety Engineering, Rock Engineering and Mining Machinery, Mineral Processing and Recycling and Energy Resources Engineering.
This wide range of research field can cover technical and engineering topics occurs at respective stage of resource development starting from exploration, production, remediation, and recycling. However, our research interests extends to prediction of natural disaster such as volcanic hazards, utilization of ground heat, urban mining for valuable resources recycling and remediation of contaminated groundwater resources.
As environmental problems related to resource development have become one of the global issues, we need to promote cooperative work and research with overseas organizations and universities. From this point of view, our department is actively accepting graduate students from overseas and carries out joint research with overseas universities.