Mission Statement

The Energy Research and Development Center (ERDC) serves as a focal point for Research, Development, and Deployment activities related to energy-related technologies and energy security.

ERDC researchers focus on educating students to analyze and solve issues related to environmental and economic sustainability of energy systems that improve rural economies and expand resource diversity. The center fosters close collaboration between Missouri S&T and other research centers in industry, national labs, and other universities. Work conducted through the ERDC is aimed at benefitting the university, the state of Missouri and the nation.

Energy Facts

Energy Research and Development Center
  • The U.S. spends over $1,205 trillion dollars annually on energy.
  • The U.S. used 21% of the total world petroleum consumption in 2014.
  • Energy demand is projected to rise by over 30% by 2020, much faster than the projected increase in domestic energy production.
  • The shortfall between energy demand and domestic production is projected to increase nearly 50% by 2020.


Outlook Murky for Crude Oil Futures

Brian O'Connell, The Street, August 22, 2016
Experts say oil future contracts are stabilizing, but the crude market has to shed some volatitility first before prices really reise.  Read the entire article and see what Dr. Joseph Smith had to say (click here)