Victor Alderson

PE Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Dr. Victor C. Alderson, a pioneer educator in the oil and gas industry, founded Mines’ Petroleum Engineering Department in 1921-1922. He served as university president for two terms, 1903 to 1913 and 1917 to 1925. An expert in oil shale, he wrote one of the first textbooks on the topic. He received an honorary doctorate from Mines in 1938 and was recognized for his contributions with the construction of Alderson Hall in 1953. Alderson died in 1948.