The 2012-13 CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series got rolling September 25, with a presenter considered a “rock” star in his field… Geology that is!
Dr. Dieter Krewedl, a 1961 alumnus, spoke with students about his experiences working as a minerals exploration geologist during all homeroom periods Tuesday afternoon. Krewedl shared information about the college and career possibilities available in field, as well as how he got his start.
“I experienced the ‘American Dream’ through education, hard work and perseverance,” said Krewedl, who immigrated to the United States as a child refugee – speaking no English – from Yugoslavia in 1949.
The Chaminade grad, now retired, enjoyed more than 40 years working “literally in the field” for three different mining companies, where he served as vice president of exploration for each. He continues to serve as a geological consultant.
“I participated in the discovery of gold, silver and uranium mines throughout the world including the recent discovery of a major gold deposit in Eastern Nevada,” Krewedl said.
Dr. Krewedl hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton, a master's from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate from the University of Arizona. His resume also includes stints as president of the Geological Society of Nevada and the Albuquerque Geological Society.
“Geology has been a wonderful profession, giving me the opportunity to travel, meet people from all over the world, and have lots of adventures,” Krewedl said. Those adventures have taken him to places throughout the western United States (including Alaska), and to countries and continents such as Mexico, Australia, Germany, South America and Africa.
In his personal life, Dr. Krewedl enjoys skiing and playing golf in Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he and wife Beth make their home. The couple has been married 41 years, have four children and four grandchildren, and serve as marriage prep counselors at their local Catholic Church.