The Institute, which was founded in 1880, has its main focus on the supply of raw materials, which also includes, but is not limited to, locating and providing deposits, exploring technology and organisation of mines and marketing of raw materials.
Another field of activity is analyzing the use of underground mine openings, for example for recycling and depositing of waste materials. Apart from research and education, the Institute also acts as a consultant and provides practical solutions to the extractive industry.
Mining and more
Mining of raw materials – a synonym for quality of life and securing the future – is the inherent field of activity of the Institute of Mining Engineering I. Founded in 1880, the Institute was one of the first faculties at the RWTH Aachen and has since then contributed continuously to further development and improvement of raw materials supply through research and education. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.Ing. Per Nicolai Martens is the acting head of the Institute since 1992.
Changing requirement specifications
Initially, the Institute was engaged exclusively with mining and its technology. Yet during the past couple of decades, the requirement specifications for research and education have expanded considerably. In addition to tasks traditionally associated with mining, the Institute of Mining Engineering I now also deals with more comprehensive topics concerning the extractive economy. #RWTH