Energy/Oil/Gas, Environment, Geology, Science, Water
Applied geology and mineralogy which includes volcanology and hydrogeology (groundwater), Kimberlites (diamond bearing rocks) and diamonds, Rare Earth elements and mining, Gemstones, Gemology, Geology and religion
Department: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Office Phone: 303-615-0789
Mobile Phone: 720-257-4486
Interviewed by: Univision
Additional Languages Spoken: German
Dr. Uwe Richard Kackstaetter, a German native, received his M.S. in Geology from BYU, Provo and his Ph.D. in applied geology and mineralogy from the University of Würzburg, Germany. His professional expertise on two continents ranges from environmental testing of drinking water wells, groundwater flow modeling, site contaminant evaluations, as well as geologic and hydrologic field investigations. As an educator he has taught not only in college and secondary classrooms, he has also conducted numerous national and international geological field courses. He also received the prestigious 2014 Faculty Senate teacher of the Year award from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Kackstaetter’s current interests are in developing various practical approaches as advanced tools for the geosciences, such as automated percolation testers, new wavelength dependent night prospecting tools, improved processes of rock and mineral thin sectioning, and clay mineral analytical processing and computations. He currently works as Professor of Geology at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he teaches courses in Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy, Hydrogeology, Applied Volcanology and Field Methods.