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About William I. Rose

I supervised 57 MS and 23 PhD students in geology at Michigan Tech over 45 years.  My research focus was how volcanoes work. I visited the active volcanoes of the world, most frequently those in Central America.  I worked on volcanic gases and volcanic ash, and one particular focus was ash clouds. These are a hazard to jet aircraft and my students and I helped to demonstrate how to use remote sensing tools to map the dispersal of ash clouds and use that data to mitigate aircraft encounters. Our work was supported by the US National Science Foundation, NASA and the US Geological Survey. I helped develop a unique Geological Hazards Peace Corps program and two foreign exchange programs, one of which enables our students to get dual international graduate geological degrees--first in the US. I also helped develop Tech's excellent atmospheric science program.  Many of my students are now leaders in Volcanology. Recently I have been working at developing Geoheritage in the Keweenaw, possibly leading to a Global Geopark here.


Present Research Professor, Geological and Mining and Engineering Sciences, Michigan Technological University


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Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Technological University Research Award, 1981
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 1982
  • Best Field Guidebook Award, Geoscience Information Society, 1995, 2013
  • N L Bowen Award, American Geophysical Union, VGP section, 2002
  • William T Pecora Award, NASA, 2006 (Group Award--TOMS Team)
  • Miembro Honorario, Asociación Latinoamericana de Volcanología, 2012
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 2013
  • Charles A Salotti Earth Science Education Award, MESTA, 2015


PhD, Dartmouth College
BA, Dartmouth College

Recent Works (3)

Books (4)

Journal Articles (156)