William "Skip' Simmons, PhD
Co-Founder, Member of the Board

Professor, University Research Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Orleans

Adjunct Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan

Professor Simmons received his PhD in Mineralogy from The University of Michigan. He has over forty years of experience in analytical mineralogy and mineralogical research. He has published over 300 articles in mineralogy, geochemistry and pegmatology, six books, fifteen book chapters, and nine encyclopedia articles. He is the director of the MP2 analytical laboratories that include electron microprobe, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and direct coupled plasma analytical instrumentation. His principal specialty is the study of the mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry of pegmatites and he is an internationally recognized expert on pegmatites and colored gemstones found in pegmatites.

Awards: Honorary title University Research ProfessorNew, Mineral simmonsite named after William B. Simmons, Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Earth Sciences, American Federation Scholarship Award.

BS Duke University
MS University of Georgia
PhD University of Michigan



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