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NEWS RELEASE – May 9, 2018   The Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration ( UCA of SME ) is pleased to announce the recipients of its top awards. The presentations will be made during the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, during the North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) in Washington, DC.   The UCA of SME Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Harvey Parker. This award is being presented to Dr. Parker for his contributions to the U.S. and global tunneling industry for over five decades and recognition of his initiatives in public awareness of the role of tunneling and underground space in ...
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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) and the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) is pleased to announce team “Teaching Kids” from Colombia has won the 2017-2018 Move Mining competition. Presenting before a live audience and broadcast to thousands of viewers through SME Facebook live, this team of five students from Colombia – Jesus Castillo, Sebastian Arenas, Jose Velasquez, Sharon Escalante and Isabel Casasbuenas– shared their idea on how to change the public’s perception of mining by motivating youth during key developmental years. Team “Teaching Kids” concept addressed the fundamental components of change and took home the grand ...
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This article was published in the February 2018 issue of Mining Engineering magazine . Written by Claire Kincaid and Emily Dieckman. Claire Kincaid, SME member, is a mechanical engineering student at Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA, and Emily Dieckman is an associate editor, University of Arizona College of Engineering. When most people think “miner,” they picture an older white man in a dusty shirt and suspenders. He’s holding a gas lamp and a pickaxe, peering at the walls of a dimly lit cavern. This image, while steeped in heritage, is no longer representative of what mining is: a global, increasingly diverse industry.  It’s an industry made ...
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Watch as five teams present their concepts at the live “shark tank” style Move Mining event sponsored by PolyMet Mining starting at 4:30 pm CST at the Minneapolis Convention Center in the Main Auditorium. Meet Our Teams! Team Members Prince Joseph Erneszer Javier Amando IV Reyes and Rejiel Gonzales From Quezon City, Philippines Team Members Javier Maguina Victor Tenorio and Alexia Acevedo From Tucson, AZ, USA Team Members Jose Raul Velasquez Thomas Meza Isabel Casasbuenas Sebastian Arenas Sharon Escalante and Jesus Castillo From Medellin, Colombia Team Members Ade ...
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$1.6 Million Grant Awarded for Mining Safety Training Program Among other training methods, researchers will be developing training that uses "serious" computer games. These simulations will be designed to replicate a realistic mining environment, and mine workers using them will be put in dynamic situations where they can make decisions and see the consequences. The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the UA Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources   have received   a $1.6 million federal grant to develop more effective mining safety training methods. The three-year grant is funded by NIOSH. Among other training methods, ...
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Data is powerful. A diverse team leads to higher revenue and better solutions,  by Rosa Maria Rojas, MSc., Assistant Professor of Practice, Mining and Geological Engineering (MGE) University of Arizona – DMMM3 Co-chair According to the “Decoding Diversity: The financial and economic returns to diversity in tech” study, Intel - The business case for gender diversity in the leadership of the tech industry is strong. The report finds that representation at the leadership level correlates with 13-16 percent higher enterprise value controlling for company revenues, profitability, size and age. Also, every one percent point increase in racial/ethnic diversity at ...
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A unique collaboration between Caterpillar and the University of Arizona is training the next generation of industry leaders through the Mining 360 Executive Program.   by Rosa Maria Rojas, MSc., Lead Professor Mining 360 Executive Program, Mining and Geological Engineering (MGE) University of Arizona   TUCSON, Ariz. — Last year, the University of Arizona (UA) and Caterpillar teamed up to create the Mining 360 Executive Program – a custom educational experience that provides Caterpillar employees with the opportunity to learn, visit, and study active mine sites across the United States and Canada. After a successful first year, the unique online ...
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SME program supports United States educators The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF) is pleased to announce the application period for the Ph.D. Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grants will run December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018. The program was implemented in 2015 to address the long-term sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy programs, and particularly the declining number of senior faculty members teaching those programs. “The dwindling number of qualified faculty at U.S. mining schools ultimately affects the number of graduates who will constitute the workforce needed ...
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GET READY TO RUMBLE….Metallurgist style! by Amy Jacobsen, Secretary-Treasurer, MPD Executive Committee Join BASS METALS with Dave Meadows, Joe Mercuri and a star-studded lineup of guests for a night of revelry!  Are you ready yet? Have you registered yet? What am I talking about? The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo, of course! Okay, many of you are thinking it isn't even Christmas yet – is she crazy or maybe just a little over-the-top enthusiastic…well, probably both! Many of you probably don't realize it, but the MPD starts to plan our events at the next Annual Conference & Expo almost immediately following the last Annual ...
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MPD Plenary Session 2018: Highlighting the year’s award recipients The Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) will host a plenary session on Monday afternoon, Feb. 26, during the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo. The annual MPD plenary session features the winners of the Antoine M. Gaudin, Robert H. Richards and Milton E. Wadsworth awards. In past years, the winners of these awards have educated and entertained audiences with their talks on multiple aspects of the science and technology of the metallurgical and mineral processing disciplines. These talks are further enhanced by the winners sharing personal stories on the life and times ...
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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is delighted to report that on October 26, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination of J. Steven Gardner to be the Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior. “It is very welcome news to learn that President Trump has nominated Steve Gardner to OSMRE as its next Director,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “Steve’s more than 40 years in the mining industry gives him the needed understanding of today’s mining operations and underscores his ability to lead this bureau in a changing industry. Steve has ...
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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF) is pleased to announce that Murray Energy Corporation has committed to annually endow the SME Foundation ABET Program. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is the non-governmental organization that accredits more than 3,700 applied science, computing, engineering, and technology programs at more than 750 institutions in 30 countries worldwide. The endowment will continue to provide for SME to be a participating body in the ABET organization, including two seats on the Engineering Accreditation Commission, and one seat on the ABET Board of Directors. In addition, ...
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Every month, we put out a Fine Grind article in  Mining Engineering  to keep members in touch with the latest happenings, technical updates and other interesting news from the MPD division. These are the Fine Grinds that appeared in the September and October 2017 issues. We invite you to comment, discuss or ask questions! Amy Jacobsen, Secretary Treasurer 2017-2018 Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Executive Committee October Fine Grind Opportunities to get involved in MPD:  If you can spell “MPD,” you might be  an extractive metallurgist by Scott Shuey, Second Regional Vice Chair, MPD Executive Committee ...
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October Colorado SME Chapter Meeting Colorado Section SME meeting with be held at the Wynkoop Brewing Company 1634 18th St, Denver on October 19th beginning at 11:30am with lunch at noon. Lawrence Clark will be speaking from 12:30pm to 1:00pm on “Building the Business: From Concept to Commercialization”. Today’s mining industry needs technology to stay competitive. But to be successful these technologies must deliver value over a sustained period which requires a successful company behind the technology. This talk will cover some important aspects of building the business that, while not technically complex, escape some entrepreneurs. Mr. Clark is a mining ...
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I enjoyed a tour of the American Gypsum  mine and plant recently and wondered – how many of the local residents are even aware that there IS A MINE IN THEIR BACKYARD? How many of them know that this extremely efficient operation makes the drywall used to build their house? That gypsum is used in some Portland cement to make their sidewalks and driveways. And uses for recycled gypsum  include many agricultural purposes, athletic field marking, as a stucco additive, grease absorption, sludge drying, and water treatment. Did you know that you are surrounded by mined materials every day and that these mined materials help to build the world we live in? From ...
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As we meander through our lives, we are affected by those around us in ways that we frequently do not recognize until the air stills around us after the breeze of that person passes. In August, the Colorado Subsection of the Mineral Processing Division of the SME lost a good friend. Gillian A. Porter passed away on August 25, 2017 at her home in Evergreen Colorado. Gill Porter was born in February, 1939, in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England. She was the first of three children of Donald and Gertrude Hull. Her family moved to Kingswood, a suburb of Bristol, just after the end of World War II. After graduating from her elementary school she obtained a position ...
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During the recent APCOM conference at Colorado School of Mines where I was a speaker, an interesting discussion took place about what is considered "traditional" in the field of Strategic Open Pit Mine Planning. The initials APCOM stands for "Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry", and it has been around since 1961. One point of view was that, indeed, "traditional" means what some mining companies are still doing as part of long-established and approved procedures. The opposite point of view, also valid, was that "traditional" means what researchers consider state-of-art procedures or techniques at the present moment, so that ...
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Every month, we put out a Fine Grind article in  Mining Engineering  to keep members in touch with the latest happenings, technical updates and other interesting news from the MPD division. This is the Fine Grind that appeared in the August 2017 issue. We invite you to comment, discuss or ask questions! Amy Jacobsen, Secretary Treasurer 2017-2018 Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Executive Committee August 2017 Fine Grind We are the MPD, but who are we? by Garland Davis & Ronel Kappes, MPD Executive Committee The Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Executive Committee recently conducted a survey ...
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The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME/MN Section Call for Papers/Abstract Submission site is accepting abstracts. This meeting will also include the 6th North American Iron Ore Symposium.   Please submit your abstract for consideration to https://sme2018.abstractcentral.com/ .     Please do NOT submit the same abstract to multiple sessions. Please do NOT put abstract titles in bold or all caps. Abstracts should reflect new, innovative and timely concepts. Abstract should NOT be commercial.   If you are accepted you must make a presentation at the meeting and you will need to register for ...
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Every month, we put out a Fine Grind article in  Mining Engineering  to keep members in touch with the latest happenings, technical updates and other interesting news from the MPD division. This is the Fine Grind that appeared in the July 2017 issue. We invite you to comment, discuss or ask questions! Amy Jacobsen, Secretary-Treasurer 2017-2018 Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Executive Committee   July Fine Grind A license to operate by Amy Jacobsen, Secretary-Treasurer, MPD Executive Committee In banking terms, a license to operate is the granting of permission to undertake a trade or carry out a business activity, ...
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