Dr. Saperstein has a B. S. in Mining Engineering from the Montana School of Mines and a D. Phil. in engineering science from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He has been a mining engineering faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Missouri-Rolla. He was Dean of the School of Mines and Metallurgy at UMR for 11 years. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and is an expert in the environmental impacts of mining. He has also served ABET, Inc, the recognized accreditor for engineering, as its President. He is a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME), a Fellow of ABET and holder of its Grinter Award, and recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by Montana Tech.