Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumnus

Roger C. Steininger (Ph.D., 1986) collected his first mineral specimen at the age of 12 somewhere in Detroit, Mich., and knew that a lifelong passion would develop. Dr. Steininger has been involved in metallic mineral exploration and development for almost 50 years, starting at the Climax molybdenum mine near Leadville, Colo. He has been involved in numerous mineral deposit discoveries, including the Pipeline gold deposit in Nevada, which contained in excess of 20 million ounces of gold. Recently, he was a founding partner of NuLegacy Gold Corp., which is a publicly traded company that has discovered the Iceberg gold deposit in central Nevada.
Dr. Steininger has been associated with Colorado State University since the mid-1970s when he decided to complete a Ph.D. in geology. The departmental faculty was extremely supportive of his need to continue full employment in the Denver area while attending classes in Fort Collins. This was the start of his close association with the University and the Warner College of Natural Resources. Deeper roots were developed when his daughter, Kimberly Ann Burrows, graduated in 1995 from CSU with a B.A. in journalism. Dr. Steininger is a current member of the Dean’s Council of the Warner College and is chair of the Geosciences Advisory Council. Dr. Steininger and his wife, LuAnne, have also endowed a scholarship in the Department of Geosciences.
Dr. Steininger has many outside interests and volunteer associations. He recently retired as chair of the Geological Society of Nevada Foundation, is treasurer and past board member of the Historic Reno Preservation Society, and is active in the Nevada Historical Society. For the past 20-plus years he has written a quarterly U.S. exploration review column for the Society of Economic Geologists Newsletter. Dr. Steininger has numerous economic geology and mining history publications to his credit.
One of the most important aspects of Dr. Steininger’s life is family. He and LuAnne recently celebrated 50 years of marriage, and have lived in Reno, Nev., for the last 35 years. Their two children, Kimberly and Gary, also live in the Reno area with their spouses. Four grandchildren complete the family.