Gene Meieran, Chairman

Photo of Gene Meieren

After leaving MIT with an ScD in Materials Science in 1963, Gene Meieran retired from Intel in 2009, as a Senior Fellow, their highest technical position.  He worked on process control, material analysis, materials quality and strategic manufacturing initiatives in his 47 years in the industry. For several years, he was responsible for all Far East and Caribbean assembly plant quality and reliability functions.

Dr. Meieran founded and has been an active participant in the Electronic Materials Symposium, which sponsors an annual meeting to discuss materials and processing technology for the industry. He has published about 60 technical papers and received three international awards for papers he published; in addition, he received two Intel Achievement Awards for his contributions. He was given an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue University in 2004, the same year he received the prestigious Carnegie Medal for his contributions to the mineral hobby.  He was elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1998.

Gene has been an active mineral collector since 1948, and has participated in numerous TGMS exhibits. He co-founded the American Heritage Mineral Award, helped co-found the Dallas Mineral Symposium with Rob Lavinsky, and was the originator and organizer of the 2008 American Mineral Treasures TGMS exhibit in 2008.  Many of his Afghan and Pakistan specimens are on loan to the University of Arizona Museum, currently on exhibit. He has contributed articles to the Mineralogical Record, and was largely responsible for the donation of the two exceptional, large topaz crystals on display at the Smithsonian. He was a participant in the Sweet Home Mine rhodochrosite collecting project managed by Bryan Lees, along with John Lucking and Marty Zinn.

Gene is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, OR, as well as Chair of the University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum, to both of which he has contributed significant specimens from his collection.  He has also donated to the Smithsonian Institute, Harvard Mineral Museum and Seaman Museum. The mineral Meieranite is named after him.

He inherited his position as Board Chair from Dr. Terry Wallace in 2009. He considers this task, leading to the establishment of the Old Pima Courthouse as new home for the University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Collection, as his most significant responsibility.