John Muntean is an Associate Professor with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), which is the state geological survey of Nevada and is a department within the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). He also serves as the Director of the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG), which is a mineral industry associates programs, where annual donations are pooled together to fund graduate student research mainly on Nevada’s mineral deposits. Since becoming director of CREG in 2012, he has raised $1.26M in industry donations for the CREG program, which included help from other faculty participating in the CREG program. In addition to the CREG donations, he has raised $1.73M in sponsored research grants (as PI or co-PI) from NSF, along with the mining industry, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other federal agencies. In addition to raising donations for CREG, he secured a donation of $750,000 from a family foundation to establish a new lab with 2 scanning electron microscopes. He also serves as the Arthur Brant Chair in Exploration Geology at UNR. He received his BS from Purdue University (honors thesis on gold deposits of the Medicine Bow Mountains, under Bob Loucks), his MS from the University of Michigan (Pueblo Viejo epithermal gold deposit, Dominican Republic under Stephen Kesler), and his PhD from Stanford University (porphyry-epithermal transition in the Maricunga belt in Chile under Marco Einaudi). Before joining UNR in 2005, John worked 12 years in the mining companies mainly exploring for gold mainly in Nevada, including Santa Fe Pacific, Homestake and Placer Dome. The goal of his research is to assist industry in where to look for ore-bearing hydrothermal systems, and once in the right location, how to vector into ore. He has published 17 papers (9 first-authored) in peer-reviewed international journals/monographs, including Economic Geology, Nature Geoscience, various Society of Economic Geology publications, and other journals. Moreover, he authored or co-authored 76 other published, refereed and non-refereed papers, as well as 8 geologic maps. In addition to research, he has also been involved in mineral assessments, mapping projects, database compilations, and reporting on mineral exploration activities with NBMG in Nevada. In addition at UNR, he supervises graduate students and teaches graduate courses in economic geology. He is an active member of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Geological Society of Nevada.