Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Mining engineering includes all the aspects of the extraction of mineral products and energy sources from the earth's crust. The mining engineer is concerned not only with excavation and working of deposits but also with economic analysis, optimization of operations, and environmental and human aspects of exploration.
Metallurgy is the science and art of extracting, refining, and adapting metals from minerals and metal-bearing materials, at a profit, for human use.
Materials are traditionally classified as metals, polymers, and ceramics. This field of engineering specializes on determining the relationship between the structure and the properties of these materials.
The department traces its roots to the time it first offered the B.S. Mining Engineering program, one of the earliest Bachelor of Science degree courses offered by the UP College of Engineering. In 1956 a Metallurgical Engineering undergraduate course was added to what was then the Department of Mining Engineering.
Since then the Department has offered three undergraduate programs: B.S. Mining Engineering, B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, and since first semester of AY 1999-2000, B.S. Materials Engineering. It also offers the following graduate programs, M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, and both M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (jointly offered with the UP College of Science). The medium of instruction for all major courses is in English.
The current MMME teaching roster is composed of 12 full-time and 4 part-time faculty (2 lecturers, 1 Adjunct Professor and 1 Professor Emeritus). Among the full-time faculty, 3 of the 12 are Ph.D. holders, 4 have M.S. degrees and the rest are working to complete their M.S. studies. The laboratories are maintained with the help of three laboratory technicians.
The MMME Department offers the following services to private industry, among others: consultancy services, special in-house training in materials science and special topics in metallurgical engineering, assorted testing services involving materials characterization and analysis, pilot plant testing in mineral processing, failure analysis, and mining designs.
The UP MMME Department is a CHED Center of Excellence in Metallurgical Engineering and Center of Development (Category 1) in Mining Engineering.