Roderick G. Eggert

Professor and Interim Division Director, Economics and Business
Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation Chair in Mineral Economics
Deputy Director, Critical Materials Institute

 Roderick Eggert


Engineering Hall 115
Critical Materials Institute
Curriculum Vitae


Roderick G. Eggert is Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation Chair in Mineral Economics at Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught since 1986. He also is deputy director of the Critical Materials Institute, an energy innovation hub (research consortium) established by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2013, to accelerate innovation in energy materials.

His research and teaching focus on mineral economics and public policy. He chaired the U.S. National Research Council committee that wrote the 2008 book, “Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy” (National Academies Press) and served on the study committee that prepared the 2011 report, “Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies” (American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society).

He has a BA in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, a MS in geochemistry and mineralogy from Penn State University, and a PhD in mineral economics also from Penn State.



  • PhD, Mineral Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1983
  • MS, Geochemistry and Mineralogy, The Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • BA, Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 1978

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas

Areas of Specialization

  • Natural resource and environmental economics
  • Applied microeconomics

Areas of Application

  • Mineral exploration
  • Mining, minerals, and sustainable development
  • Mineral policy
  • Mineral and metal markets


Courses Taught

  • EBGN 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • EBGN 315 Business Strategy
  • EBGN 510  Natural Resource Economics
  • EBGN 515 Economics and Decision Making
  • EBGN 580 Exploration Economics


American Physical Society (APS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS), Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies (APS and MRS, 2011).  I was a member of the study committee.

Committee on Critical Mineral Impacts on the U.S. Economy, U.S. National Research Council, Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the U.S. Economy (Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2008).  I chaired the study committee.


“Volatility of by-product metal and mineral prices,” Resources Policy, vol 47, March 2016, pp. 69-77.  DOI:10.1016/j.resourpol.2015.12.002.  Co-authored with Michael Redlinger.

“Evaluating the Availability of Gallium, Indium, and Tellurium from Recycled Photovoltaic Modules,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 138, July 2015, pp. 58-71.  DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2015.02.027.  Co-authored with Michael Redlinger and Michael Woodhouse.

“Thorium: Crustal Abundance, Joint Production, and Economic Availability,” Resources Policy, 2015, pp. 81-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2015.02.002.  Co-authored with Brett W. Jordan, Brent W. Dixon, and Brett W. Carlsen.

“Perspectives on Pathways for Cadmium Telluride Photovoltaic Module Manufacturers to Address Expected Increases in the Price of Tellurium,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, vol. 115, August 2013, pp. 199-212.  Co-authored with M. Woodhouse, A. Goodrich, R. Margolis, T. James, R. Dhere, T. Gessert, T. Barnes, and D. Albin.

“Mining, Sustainability, and Sustainable Development,” in Philip Maxwell, editor, Australian Mineral Economics, Monograph 24 (Carlton, Victoria, Australia, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2013).  Updated and revised version of 2006 book.

“Supply-Chain Dynamics of Tellurium, Indium, and Gallium Within the Context of PV Manufacturing Costs,” Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 3, no. 2, April 2013, pp. 833-837.  Co-authored with M. Woodhouse, A. Goodrich, R. Margolis, T.L. James, and M. Lokanc.

“Deep-Sea Mining of Seafloor Massive Sulfides,” Marine Policy, vol. 34, 2010, pp. 728-732.  Co-authored with P. Hoagland, S. Beaulieu, M.A. Tivey, C. German, L. Glowka, and J. Lin.



“Energy-critical elements for sustainable development,” MRS Bulletin, vo. 37, no. 4, April 2012, pp. 405-410.  Co-authored with A. Hurd, R. Kelley, and M. Lee.

“Minerals go critical,” Nature Chemistry, vol. 3, September 2011, pp. 688-691.

“Critical Minerals and Emerging Technologies,” Issues in Science and Technology, vol. XXVI, no. 4, Summer 2010, pp. 49-58.