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Samuel B. Romberger

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Education:

  • B.S. Penn State University, 1962; Major in Geochemistry, Minor in Geophysics
  • Ph.D. Penn State University, 1968; Major in Geochemistry, Minor in Chemistry; Thesis Title - Solubility of Copper in Aqueous Sulfide Solutions Coexisting with Covellite from 25o to 200oC, with Geologic Applications


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Work Experience:

  • 1962-1966: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Penn State University
  • 1966-1969: Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Geology, Michigan State University
    Teaching: Geochemistry, Solution Chemistry, Ground Water Geology
    Research: Water Quality of the Michigan Basin; Artificial ground water recharge
  • 1969-1974: Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Geology, University of Wisconsin
    Teaching: Mineral Deposits, Solution Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Physical Geology, Field Geology
    Research: Mineral-solution equilibria at elevated temperatures
  • 1974-1976: Assistant Professor Geology, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
    Teaching: Mineral Deposits, Solution Geochemistry, Phase Equilibria, Ore Microscopy, Mineralogy, Uranium Geology, Physical Geology, Field Geology
    Research: Mineral-solution equilibria at elevated temperatures; alteration in geothermal systems; Stability of hydrated calcium silicates
  • 1976-1982: Associate Professor of Geology, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
    Teaching: Mineral Deposits, Solution Geochemistry, Phase Equilibria, Ore Microscopy, Physical Geology, Field Geology
    Research: Mineral-solution equilibria at elevated temperatures; geothermal well cement stabilities; petrogenesis of hydrothermal uranium deposits; Geochemistry, solution chemistry, and the origin of gold deposits
  • 1980-1982: Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Colorado School of Mines
    Program implementation and quality control of graduate program at CSM
  • 1983-1986: Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Colorado School of Mines
    Responsible for administering all graduate programs at the Colorado School of Mines including monitoring program content and quality. Responsible for coordination research activities on campus as well as overseeing research development. Had responsibility for all interdisciplinary research institutes and centers, the computing center and the library. Oversaw all financial assistance for graduate students.
  • 1986-1988: Dean of Graduate Students Studies, Colorado School of Mines
    Responsible for administering all graduate programs at the School including monitoring admissions standards, program content, and quality. Had responsibility for computing center and library. Oversaw all financial assistance for graduate students. Served as campus Safety Officer responsible for monitoring campus-wide safety practices and management of hazardous waste.
  • 1982-Present: Professor of Geology, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines.
    Teaching: Mineral Deposits, Solution Geochemistry, Geochemistry of Ground Water Systems, Phase Equilibria, Volcanology, Physical Geology, Earth and Environmental Systems, Field Geology, Engineering Thermodynamics, Public Policy and International Studies as part of the Honors Program, Team dynamics and open ended problem solving as part of the EPICS program.
    Research: Mineral-solution equilibria at elevated temperatures; geothermal well cement stabilities; petrogenesis of hydrothermal uranium and gold deposits; geochemistry of acid mine drainage.
    Educational research - connections program to establish connections between first year core courses at Colorado School of Mines at to communicate those connections to students as part of a Federally funded pilot program that will be used to design the new curriculum.
  • Jan. 1998 - 2000, Sept. 2004 - Aug. 2005, Present: President, Colorado School of Mines Faculty Senate;
    chair biweekly meetings of Faculty Senate, a body of 13 faculty responsible for policy on academic issues having to do with the faculty, including but not restricted to overseeing eleven campus-wide faculty committees including Research, Undergraduate and Graduate Councils, approving curricular matters, academic standards, approve graduation requirements and those that graduate with undergraduate and graduate degrees, address ethical practices and provide input to the administration on budgeting procedures. In cooperation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, prepare agendas for faculty meetings.
  • June-Aug. 1990,1991: Special Projects Geologist, Newmont Exploration Limited, Carlin, Nevada. Mineralogy, geochemistry, petrography, and petrogenesis of gold deposits in the Carlin Trend.


Research Interests:

  • Petrogenesis of Uranium and Gold Deposits
  • Geochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage Systems
  • Field and Laboratory Studies on the Origin of Precious Metal Deposits
  • Mineral-Solution Equilibria at Elevated Temperatures


Courses:

Undergraduate

  • Earth and Environmental Systems
  • Engineering Thermodynamics I
  • Field Geology
  • Mineralogy

Graduate

  • Uranium Geology and Geochemistry
  • Aqueous Geochemistry
  • Advanced Mineral Deposits
  • Volcanology
  • Thermodynamics and Mineral Phase Equilibria

Theses and Dissertations Supervised



Selected Publications:

  • Barnes, H.L., Romberger, S.B., and Stemprok, M., 1967, Ore solution chemistry II. Solubility of HgS in sulfide solutions: Econ. Geol., v. 62, p. 957-982.

  • Barnes, H.L., and Romberger, S.B., 1968, Chemical aspects of acid mine drainage: Jour. Water Pollution Control Federation, v. 40, p. 371-384.

  • Romberger, S.B., and Barnes, H.L., 1970, Ore solution chemistry III: Solubility of CuS in sulfide solutions: Econ. Geol., v. 65, p. 901-919.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1977, Identification and interpretation of ore minerals by reflected light microscopy, in: Subsurface Geology, L.W. LeRoy, et al., ed., Colorado School of Mines press, p. 43-52.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1978, Preliminary study of hydrothermal alteration associated with hot spring activity, Gerlach area: Colorado School of Mines Quarterly, v. 73, pt. 1, no. 3, p. 27.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1980, Metallic Mineral Resources of Colorado, in: Colorado Geology, H.C. Kent and K. Porter, eds.; Rocky Mountain Assoc. Geologists, Denver, p. 225-236.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1981, Keeping Informed within the Minerals Exploration Community: Geoscience Information Society Proceedings, v. 11, p. 3-10.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1984, Transport and Deposition of Uranium in Hydrothermal Systems at Temperatures up to 300oC, with Geologic Implications; in: Uranium Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, Exploration, and Resources, B. DeVivo, ed.; Inst. Mining Metallurgy (London), p. 12-17.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1986, Disseminated Gold Deposits: Geosciences Canada, v. 13, p. 23-31.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1986, The Solution Chemistry of Gold Applied to the Origin of Hydrothermal Deposits: Canad. Inst. Mining Special Volume 38, p. 168-186.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1988, Geochemistry of Gold in Hydrothermal Deposits: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1857-A, p. A9-A25.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1990, Geochemistry of epithermal precious metal deposits, in: Gold '90, Proceedings of the Gold '90 Symposium; D.M. Hausen, et al., eds., Society of Mining Engineers, Littleton, Colorado, p. 181-188.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1991, Transport and deposition of gold in hydrothermal systems, in: Proceedings of Greenstone Gold and Crustal Evolution Conference; F. Robert, S. Green, and P.A. Sheahan, eds. pp. 61-66.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1991, Transport and deposition of precious metals in epithermal deposits, in: Geology and Ore Deposits of the Great Basin; G. L. Raines and others, eds.; Geologic Society of Nevada, Reno, pp. 219-232.

  • Walton-Day, K., P.H. Briggs, and S.B. Romberger, 1991, Use of mass-flow calculations to identify processes controlling water quality in a subalpine wetland receiving acid mine drainage, St. Kevin Gulch, Colorado; U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 91-4034, pp. 371-376.

  • Romberger, S.B., 1992, A model for bonanza gold deposits; Geoscience Canada, v. 19, pp. 63-72.

  • Romberger, S.B. ed., 1993, Integrated Methods in Exploration and Discovery; Extended Abstracts of Technical Presentations; Society of Economic Geologists, Littleton, CO; p. AB1-AB133.

  • Drews-Armitage, S.P., S.B. Romberger, and C.G. Whitney, 1996, Clay alteration and gold deposition in the genesis and Bluestar deposits, Eureka County, Nevada: Economic Geology, v. 91, p. 1383-1393.

  • Kelley, K.D., S.B. Romberger, H.J. Stein, L.W. Snee, D.W. Beaty, T.B. Thompson, 1997, Genesis of gold-telluride deposits and associated alkaline igneous rocks in the Cripple Creek district, Colorado, western USA: Proceedings 30th International Geological Congress; v. 9, p. 301-319.

  • Cunningham, C.G., J.D. Rasmussen, T.A. Steven, R.O. Rye, P.D. Rowley, S.B. Romberger, J. Selverstone, 1998, Hydrothermal uranium deposits containing molybdenum and fluorite in the Marysvale volcanic field, west-central Utah: Mineralium Deposita, v. 33, p. 477-494.

  • Kelley, K.D., S.B. Romberger, D.W. Beaty, J.A. Pontius, L.W. Snee, H.J. Stein, and T.B. Thompson, 1998, Geochemical and geochronological constraints on the genesis of Au-Te deposits at Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA: Economic Geology, v. 93.

  • Brake, S.S., and S.B. Romberger, 2000, Precious metal transport and deposition at the New Savage mine, Comstock Lode district, Nevada: Geology and Ore Deposits 2000: The Great Basin and Beyond, J.K. Cluer, et al., eds; Geological Society of Nevada, Reno, p. 177-186.

  • Brake, S.S., K.A. Connors, and S.B. Romberger, 2001, A river runs through it: impact of acid mine drainage on the geochemistry of West Little Sugar Creek pre- and post-reclamation at the Green Valley coal mine, Indiana, USA: Environmental Geology, v.40, p. 1471-1481.

  • Phillipson, S.E. andS. Romberger, 2001, Emplacement and mineralization of the San Cristobal Ag-Zn-Pb deposit in southern Bolivia: Transactions Society of Mining and Exploration, v. 310, p. 80-88.
  • Rosa, D.R.N., and S.B. Romberger, 2003, Fluid evolution in the Jales Au district, northern Portugal: International Geology Reviews, v. 45, p. 1-13.
  • Rosa, D.R.N., and S.B. Romberger, 2003, Isotopic constraints on the classification of the Jales Au district (northern Portugal): A Geologia de Engenharia os Recursos Geologicos Coimbra; Imprensa da Universidade; p. 31-43.
  • Phillipson, S.E., and S.B. Romberger, 2004, Volcanic stratigraphy, structural controls, and mineralization in the San Cristobal Ag-Zn-Pb deposit, southern Bolivia: Journal of South American Earth Sciences, v. 16, p. 667-683.

Awards

  • Recipient of the AMOCO Outstanding Teaching Award in 1978 and 1989, Colorado School of Mines.
  • Outstanding CSM Faculty Member, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines,voted by the entire CSM senior class: 1996 (spring and fall), 2000 (fall), 2001(spring), 2002 (spring and fall), 2003 (spring and fall), 2004 (spring and fall)
  • Centennial Fellow, Penn State University, 1996
  • Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award, 1998
  • Ange Melaragno Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to the McBride Honors Program 2003
  • CSM Alumni Teaching Award for Instructional and Pedagogical Excellence 2005



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Professional Societies, Committees, & Organizations:

Professional Societies:

  • Society of Economic Geologists (Fellow)
  • Geological Society of America (Fellow)
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Geochemical Society
  • American Society of Engineering Education
  • Colorado Scientific Society
  • Denver Regional Exploration Geologists

Professional Society Committee Activities:

  • Membership Committee, Society of Economic Geologists; 1984-1986, 2000-2003.
  • Medals Committee, Society of Economic Geologists; 1987-1990.
  • Publications Committee, Society of Economic Geologists; 1990-1993.
  • Associate Editor, Economic Geology, January, 1994 to 1999.

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