John Steinmetz has served as the State Geologist of Indiana and the Director of the Indiana Geological Survey (IGS), a research institute of Indiana University, since 1998.
John makes GIS a high priority in his administration as he understands the enormous potential of digital maps and their availability over the Internet. John is successful in attracting GIS talent to the IGS and in providing them with the resources necessary for their achievement. One award-winning product which the IGS staff developed and continues to support is the IndianaMap.
John currently serves as the co-chair of the Legislative Committee for the Indiana Geographic Information Council. This committee is seeking ways to ensure permanent support at all levels of state and municipal governments for Indiana geospatial data acquisition and distribution.
John earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Geology at the University of Illinois. He obtained his doctorate in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the University of Miami.