Our researchers break barriers.
They soar higher and dig deeper.
Oredigger researchers make a difference.

From the depths of the earth, into the vast unknown beyond the sky, Montana Tech researchers are tackling some of the most important scientific quandaries of our time.


Montana Tech researchers are tackling grand challenges that are at the interface of disciplines.  Research focus areas vary widely, from successful environmental remediation techniques meant to clean up some of the world's most contaminated Superfund sites, to novel processes that will extract and process rare earth minerals needed to lead the world's clean energy future. 

Interdisciplinary Research Thrusts:
Earth Resources: Sustainable Extraction & Utilization


Focus areas include:

Geochemistry, Water Science, Hydrogeology,Carbon Sequestration, Computation and Modeling Systems, Rare Earth Elements, Educational Outreach, and Renewable Energy. 

Advanced Materials, Design, & Manufacturing Processes


Focus areas include:

Biomaterials & Nanomaterials, Electronic, Photonic, & Magnetic Materials, Energy Storage, Conversion, & Conservation; Materials Synthesis, Processing, & Fabrication, Computation and Modeling Systems, Rare Earth Elements, Educational Outreach, and Renewable Energy

Environmental Remediation, Assessment, & Restoration


Focus areas include:

Natural Resource Extraction, Waste Management, Climate Adaptation Strategies, Environmental Technologies, Computation and Modeling Systems, Rare Earth Elements, Educational Outreach and Renewable Energy.

Biomedical Science & Biotechnology



Focus areas include:

Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Environmental Health, Computation and Modeling Systems, Rare Earth Elements, Educational Outreach, and Renewable Energy.

Montana Tech scientists push disciplinary boundaries and blaze new paths on the technology frontier every day.

Disciplinary Scholarship


Here our researchers/scholars are organized by discipline.

STEM Education & Outreach


Focus areas include:

Educational Centers, Educational Research, Outreach, and Opportunities for Montana Tech Students.

Research Centers
Advanced Materials

The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) was founded in 1989 and focuses on analytical laboratory testing, materials laboratory testing, and research program management.

Environmental Remediation

The Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment (CERA) oversees environmental solutions that aid in responsible natural resource use, development, closure and reuse.

Mining and Geology

The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) geoscientists collect, interpret, and distribute geologic data used to manage Montana’s water, land, mineral, and energy resources, and to assess geologic hazards.

Shared Use Research Facilities
Analytical Testing Laboratory

The Analytical Testing Laboratory provides a diverse spectrum of analytical services focused on high resolution imaging, elemental analysis, microcrystalline phase analysis and automated mineralogy, including modal mineralogy, mineral liberation, mineral associations and grain size analysis.

Electron Microscopy Laboratory

The Electron Microscopy Laboratory (E.M.Tech) within the Department of Biological Sciences at Montana Tech operates a Hitachi HT7820 transmission electron microscope (TEM) with scanning transmission electron microscopy and is equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) capability.

Geology Triaxial Testing Lab

Our geological engineering department is home to state-of-the-art facilities including a triaxial testing lab.

High Performance Supercomputer

The High Performance Computer (HPC) Cluster, is a high-powered supercomputer that helps drive research and innovation at Montana Tech. Parallel computing powers greatly reduce the amount of processing time required for large amounts of data.

Learn more about HPC.
Materials Testing Laboratory

The Materials Testing Laboratory offers mechanical testing, mineral processing and metallography. We are well versed in the mechanical testing of metals, composites, polymers, plastics, and wood

MBMG Analytical Laboratory

The MBMG Analytical Laboratory conducts analytical method development and sample analyses in support of research being done by MBMG programs.

Underground Mine Education

The Underground Mine Education Center (UMEC) give hands-on learning opportunities for courses in mining, geological, environmental and metallurgical engineering and occupational safety and health.

Student Achievement

Montana Tech students participate in transformational programs where they apply their skills to become industry leaders, revolutionary researchers, and life-long learners.


Orediggers learn by doing. An education a Montana Tech will take you into the field for hands-on experiential learning.

Technology Translation

As a student, your education will be translational. You'll take work from the lab, to be put into practice in the field.

Research Office & Office of Sponsored Programs Staff

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Research resources for Montana Tech faculty and staff are available here.

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We are here to answer your questions, and connect you with the right resources to optimize research, growth, and discovery.

Research Office & Office of Sponsored Programs
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