Jan C. Rasmussen - Consulting Geologist (resume as pdf file)


  • Registered Geologist, Arizona #15664, since 1983
  • Professional Member, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME), Qualified Person
  • GEM Award, 2009 (Mining Engineering, 2010. v. 62, no. 2, p. 59)
  • MSHA, HAZWOPER (not current)
  • Community College teaching certificate, Substitute Teaching certificate


  • Ph.D. (major = Economic Geology; minor = Engineering Geology), 1993, University of Arizona, Tucson: “Geochemical patterns of hydrothermal mineral deposits associated with calc-alkalic and alkali-calcic igneous rocks as evaluated with neural networks”


Relevant Employment:

Associate Senior Geologist, SRK Consulting, 2010 – present

Curator, Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2007-2010

Senior Geologist, SRK Consulting, Tucson, AZ, 2003-2007

Consulting Geologist, Jan Rasmussen Consulting, Austin, TX, 1997-2000; Sonoita, AZ 2001-2003, Tucson, AZ 2010-present

Project Geologist, Woodward-Clyde Federal Services, Las Vegas, NV, 1994-1997


Environmental Experience:

Wrote, as part of a team at SRK Consulting and Jan Rasmussen Consulting (8 years):

    • Environmental baseline, geology, hydrology, facilities, tailings, etc. sections of
    • Aquifer Protection Permits (APP), Mined Land Reclamation Plans (MLRP), Environmental Site Assessments (NEPA), Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and Environmental Impact Studies (EIS), Health and Safety Plans: on San Manuel Mine closure and current Pinto Valley and other mines

    Researched and wrote geology sections of permit application of Dept. of Energy for Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the Yucca Mountain Project's radioactive waste management permit (for Woodward-Clyde Federal Services in Las Vegas - 4 years)


Economic Geology

Expert in metals, industrial minerals, and energy resources, regional geology, geochemistry for numerous commodities

  • Metals [copper, gold, molybdenum, lead-zinc-silver, tin, tungsten, platinum group elements, rare earth elements]

  • Energy Resources [oil and gas, uranium, coal, geothermal]

  • Industrial Minerals [clay, gypsum, salt, cement, dolomite, limestone, silica sand, talc, graphite])

Experience managing natural resources assessment program for governmental agency: obtaining funds, analyzing and solving problems, prioritizing essential steps, and arranging cooperative efforts to complete reports efficiently, on time, and within budget.

Writing Qualified Person Reports

as a Registered Geologist in Arizona and as a SME Professional Geologist

Wrote Canadian NI 43-101 reports on mines in Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, South Dakota, and Canada (as Jan Rasmussen Consulting and as part of SRK Consulting team)


Project Management Experience:

Curator, Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2007-2010: Managed 10 Tour Guides and 70 volunteers as Curator of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix, inspiring them to work as a team without monetary incentives

Consulting Geologist, Jan Rasmussen Consulting, Austin, TX, 1997-2000; Sonoita, AZ 2001-2003; Tucson, AZ 2010-present; J.C. Wilt & Co., Tucson, AZ, 1980-1994

Project Geologist, Woodward-Clyde Federal Services, Las Vegas, NV, 1994-97: Managed five university professors to research natural resources, without the ability to reward them or fire them, finishing the final report on time, unusual at Yucca Mtn. Project

Adjunct Geology Professor - Austin Community College, Texas (1999-2000); Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ (2001), and Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ (2002-1914)

Symposium Chairman, Arizona Geological Society, Tucson, AZ, 1986; program 1994


Personal Skills:

Strong communication skills:

    • Prepared technical project documents, including writing, word processing, tables, spreadsheets, figures, and producing hard copy documents using MS Office Suite software, Photo Shop, and Adobe Acrobat Professional
    • Wrote over 14 books or open file reports on economic geology, regional geology, and popular geology, as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts
    • Excellent teacher and public presenter: as Curator, Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, Phoenix, AZ (; and adjunct faculty for onsite and online Physical, Historical, Environmental Geology classes at community colleges

Computer skills:

    • Expert in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point;
    • Have used Access, Adobe PDF, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Corel Word Perfect, Corel Draw, Corel Video Studio, Neural Networks, Global Mapper, and statistical software;
    • Abundant experience with literature research using web-based searches, GeoRef, and other computerized databases


    • Obtained several clients for SRK Consulting to write Qualified Person Reports - Canadian NI-43-101 reports as a Registered Geologist in Arizona and SME Professional Geologist
    • Obtained a research grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Association, researched oil and hydrothermal dolomite as part of a team, and wrote the final report
    • Evaluated regulatory requirements and the political situation, wrote a proposal, and obtained a grant from U.S. Department of Energy for research on natural resources of the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain vicinity (for Woodward-Clyde Federal Services (1994-1997)


Membership in Professional Organizations:

Society of Mining Engineers, Certified Professional Member
Arizona Geological Society,
Geological Society of Nevada
Mining Foundation of the Southwest



Detailed Industry Experience:

Consulting Geologist, Jan Rasmussen Consulting; and Senior Associate Geologist with SRK Consulting Scientist and Engineers, 2010-present

  • Writing Canadian NI-43-101, qualified person reports, and other reports for mining company clients.

Senior Geologist, SRK Consulting Scientist and Engineers, 2003-2007

  • Researched and wrote geological and geochemical investigations and reports and Aquifer Protection and Mined Land Reclamation permit applications to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the closure of the San Manuel porphyry copper mine;
  • Wrote Canadian NI-43-101, competent person, and due diligence reports for mining company clients.

Consulting Geologist, Jan Rasmussen Consulting, Austin, TX, 1997-2000

  • Evaluated situations, advised clients, wrote reports, and made recommendations.

Consulting Geologist, MagmaChem Exploration, 2001-2003

  • Researched original MagmaChem concepts with Stan Keith in Arizona Bureau of Mines research 1978-80;
  • Researched, created maps and cross-sections, and reports for Mohave Project (1980-1986)
  • Wrote grant request and researched hydrothermal dolomite for NYSERDA grant and wrote report (2001-2003)
  • Wrote numerous publications with Stan Keith (see publication list).

Project Geologist, Woodward-Clyde Federal Services, 1994-1997

  • Planned, obtained funds, scheduled, budgeted, and supervised natural resources investigation and drilling and testing projects, Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Office for the Department of Energy.
  • Obtained $275,000 from DOE for metallic resources assessment by Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology when other programs were severely cut.
  • Facilitated cooperation among a broad group of people with competing viewpoints, resulting in the planning, approval, and accomplishment of nine borehole drilling/workover projects when others had only finished two in the previous year.
  • Resolved conflicts between schedule demands and quality concerns, adjusted plans to accommodate changes, and found creative ways to solve problems.
  • Wrote final report on natural resources of Yucca Mountain region.

Consulting Geologist, J.C. Wilt & Co., 1971-1977, 1980-1994

  • Located, reviewed, and analyzed technical literature, evaluated geologic and geochemical information, wrote reports, and made recommendations for natural resource exploration companies, based on expertise in:
    Economic Geology
    - metals: gold, molybdenum, copper, lead-zinc-silver, tin-silver
    - strategic minerals: tungsten, platinoid group elements
    - industrial minerals: fluorite, clay, gypsum, mica, silica, gravel, talc, graphite
    - energy resources: uranium, coal, oil and gas, geothermal
    - mineral withdrawal area resource assessments
    - aerial photo interpretation, landsat image interpretation, remote sensing
    Engineering Geology
    - mine reclamation plans
    - environmental geology
    - site investigations
    Computer Applications to Geology
    - neural networks (pattern recognition, classification), statistics
    - data acquisition: bibliographic and computerized data bases
    International experience: China (1999), Mexico (1991), Germany and Eastern Europe (1991), South Africa (1990), Canada (1989), Chile (1988).


Detailed Government/Public Service Experience:


Curator,  Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, Dept. Mines & Mineral Resources

Phoenix, 2007-2010

  • Evaluated customer needs, created museum exhibits, managed staff of 10 plus 12 volunteers, developed posters, booklets and educational materials,
  • Wrote grant requests, managed gift shop, gave presentations, and networked with mining and museum professionals.
  • Selected, purchased, identified, organized, cataloged, maintained, labeled and displayed mineral specimens and mining artifacts.
Instructor, Pima Community College

Tucson, AZ, 2002-2010

  • Taught Physical and Historical Geology, Environmental Geology, Prospecting, and Arizona Geology.
  • Received Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, May 3, 2007.
  • Currently teaching Physical Geology, part-time.

Instructor,  Cochise College

Sierra Vista, AZ, 2002-2003

  • Taught Physical and Environmental Geology.
  • Created web site for students of Environmental Geology and Physical Geology

Instructor, Austin Community College

Austin, TX, 1998-2000

  • Taught Physical and Environmental Geology, that changed student perceptions and improved performance.
  • Created web site for students of Environmental Geology and Physical Geology

Commissioner, Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Phoenix, AZ, 2 terms, 1984-94

  • Appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt; reappointed by Governor Rose Mofford; elected Chairman 1991-93
  • Set oil, gas and geothermal policies; hired an expert to manage the agency; and adjudicated drilling permits and variances from requirements.  Result: successful operation of the agency

Symposium Chairman, Arizona Geological Society

Tucson, AZ, 1986

  • Chaired conferences, organized programs, coordinated activities, publicized events, and edited proceedings volumes. Result:  Well-attended, smooth running, popular programs

see PUBLICATIONS for complete list of Jan C. Rasmussen Publications (also known as Jan C. Wilt)

see Rasmussen publication list pdf

see Research for pdf files of recent articles in topics of Economic Geology, Popular Geology, Regional Geology and Tectonics, Field Trips, Editor, Bibliography, Stratigraphy


last update Jan. 27, 2017

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