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

For students interested in building perfect blasts

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.