The Labs That Go Boom: The Explosives Engineering Lab Executes Flawless Demolitions

For students interested in building perfect blasts

Explosives Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology

John B. Carnett

This month, as part of our special on the future of education, PopSci_ presents 10 labs where students do serious research (and career training) by blowing stuff up._

Lab: Explosives Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology
Career: Demolition expert, explosives manufacturer, ammunition maker

Last summer, students in the mining department at Missouri University of Science and Technology helped build a new engineering lab—by blasting more than 15,000 square feet out of a hill to clear land for construction.

When not leveling hillsides, students working toward a masters in explosives engineering learn the finer points of demolition, mining and pyrotechnics.