RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 11,
2014) – The South Dakota section of the American Institute of Professional
Geologists (AIPG) has named South Dakota School of Mines & Technology professor
Colin J. Paterson, Ph.D., as 2014 J.P. Gries Geologist of the Year. The award is
named in honor of Dr. John Paul Gries for his exceptional work in the field of
geology and is provided each year by the South Dakota Section AIPG in memory of
Gries, a longtime geology professor at the School of Mines.
A native of New
Zealand, Paterson earned Ph.D. and B.Sc. (honors) degrees in geology at University of Otago in 1978 and 1972,
respectively. He inherited his love of
the outdoors, sports and geology in the terrain of the South Island of New
Zealand. While attending university there, Paterson interned with mineral
exploration companies, completed his Ph.D., and then took a position as
lecturer in economic geology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
His educational and research experiences led him to an academic career in North
currently serves as professor of economic geology at the School of Mines, where
he has remained a faculty member of the Department of Geology & Geological
Engineering for the past 32 years. In this position, he has educated thousands of undergraduate and
graduate students in geology, many of whom have gone on to achieve success in
the mineral industry in North America and elsewhere around the world. He has
led geology field camps and trips for college students in the Black Hills, Turkey,
Spain, Hawaii, New Zealand and the southwest United States. He has published more
than 30 professional papers in the field of geology.
his other exceptional contributions to the field of geology and the environment
the first undergraduate and graduate classes in Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) at the School of Mines, following a 1993 NASA Space Grant-funded summer faculty
internship at USGS EROS Data Center
Department of Geology & Geological Engineering at School of Mines from
Hills Natural Science Field Station (geology field camp) from 1999‐2005
Co-founder and president
of the Norbeck Society, Inc., an advocacy group for
stewardship, restoration, and enjoyment of public lands in the Black Hills
advisor of “Norbeck Uni” and “Society of Economic Geologists,” student
organizations at the School of Mines
Gries award recipients include State Geologist Derric Iles and Dr. Mark
Fahrenbach of the South Dakota DENR’s Geological Survey Program, Fred Steece of
DENR’s Minerals and Mining Program, and Drs. James Fox, Alvis Lisenbee, J.
Foster Sawyer, Perry H. Rahn, Jack Redden and Edward Duke of the School of
Mines, and Mark Anderson of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on
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