The 2013 Ben F. Dickerson Award
Awarded To: M. Stephen Enders
M. Stephen Enders has worked in the mining and mineral exploration business for 37 years after earning a BSc in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1976. He started his career in the uranium exploration business before the Three Mile Island accident and subsequently went back to school and earned a MSc in geological engineering from University of Arizona. Hitting the gold and silver boom in the early 1980's, Steve worked for Pegasus Gold and then for Robert Friedland in a variety of positions and companies before joining Phelps Dodge in 1989. Steve went on to become the Chief Geologist at the Morenci Copper Mine in Arizona and ultimately the President of Phelps Dodge Exploration Corporation after earning a PhD in Economic Geology at the University of Arizona in 2000. He left Phelps Dodge to join Newmont Mining Company as their Senior Vice President of Worldwide Exploration in 2003 and retired from Newmont in 2009.
Enders has been active in public and professional organizations for much of his career. This has included being Vice Chairman of the Lincoln, MT school board, a Director of the Montana Mining Association, and an active member of SME, the Society of Economic Geologists, Geological Society of America, and the Arizona Geological Society. He is past President (2011) and International Exchange Lecturer (2007) and currently an Honorary Lecturer for SEG, and past Geology Unit Committee Chairman (1995, 2002) and Henry Krumb Lecturer (2004) for SME. Steve has been active on several advisory boards at the University of Arizona where he was a founding director of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, and member of advisory boards at CSM, UNR, and the UC-Denver GEM program. He received a Distinguished Achievement Medal from CSM in 2009.
Steve is currently a Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Eurasian Minerals Inc., a co-founder and Director of Cupric Canyon Capital LLC, and a Research Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation in Earth Resources Science & Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.
The Ben F. Dickerson, III Award, established in 1987, recognizes professionalism and contributions to the mining industry.