Geology and Geological Engineering

Dr. Colin Paterson
Economic Geology - Exploring for Mineral Resources
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News and upcoming events

Dr Colin Paterson received the SDSM&T Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor 2014. Having conducted geology on 6 continents, Dr. Colin Paterson says he's most proud of student successes, a philosophy that has earned him the Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor hp?fbid=10152456907852704&set=a.368348047703.194434.13939942703&type=1&theater

Economic Geology Ore Collection. The ore collection of 4600 samples has been entered by David LaPorte and Keyo Halbmeier (GeoE students) in to a Microsoft Access database. This collection includes samples dating back to the 1930s and is currently housed in the Minerals Room, Paleontology Research Laboratory, SDSM&T. The database will be available soon.

Dr Paterson has retired:

  • Dr Paterson retired as a fulltime faculty member in May 2014 - however, he is staying on as Emeritus Professor and Curator of Mineralogy for the SDSM&T Museum of Geology. He intends to continue pursuing ore deposit research, but does not take on any new graduate students

Society of Economic Geologists Student Chapter

  • Thursday April 10, 2014, 4 pm, MI 328: presentation by Chris Schmitz (GeoE 1983), Freeport McMoRan Inc, Climax molybdenum mine
  • Saturday May 3, 2014, 12 noon, home of Colin Paterson: Annual Geol/GeoE Dept picnic, sponsored by the SEG Student Chapter
  • October 2014 - SEG Student Chapter field trip to Henderson and Climax porphyry molybdenum mines
  • August 2015 - SEG Student Chapter trip to gold deposits of Northern Nevada
  • August 2016 - SEG Student Chapter trip to Coeur d?Alene district, Idaho
  • October 2017 - SEG Student Chapter trip to Turquoise Ridge goldmine, Nevada
    • October 2018 - SEG Student Chapter trip to Gilt Edge/Brohm mine, Black Hills to view Agnico-Eagle drilling program

contact: Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering, 501 E. Saint Joseph St., SDSMT, Rapid City, SD 57701
phone: (605)394-5114 / fax: (605)394-6703 / email: