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110 ERL, 500 West 16th Street, Rolla, MO 65409  - Phone:  (573) 341-4193  - Fax: (573) 341-4192  - Email:

Joseph Smith, Director

Joseph D. Smith, Director
Laufer Energy Chair

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

  • The U.S. spends over $1,205 trillion dollars annually on energy.
  • The U.S. used 22% of the total world petroleum consumption in 2012.
  • 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.

In the News

Undergraduate, Logan Turk's Intern Experience with Westinghouse







Small Modular Reactor Research and Education Consortium (SMRrec)

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Small Modular Reactor

The Small Modular Reactor Research and Education Consortium (SMRrec) led by Missouri S&T provides its members with research results to advance the design, construction and operation of SMRs by collaborating in the development of precompetitive technologies.

SMRrec Press Releases

Two Initiatives to be Funded

S&T has selected two initiatives to be funded.

S&T to Lead SMRrec Consortium

System campuses in Rolla and Columbia to work with industry leaders Ameren and Westinghouse Electric to bolster research in nuclear energy.

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