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The importance of Mining is not fully understood by the general public. Here are some thoughts on the issue. Please read carefully as I am counting on you to take the action suggested in the final paragraph. During my time as SME president and  since,  I have given much consideration to the public perception of mining. In this context, what is the role of SME? What do our members think the SME's role should be? If a big campaign is preferred, how do we fund it? Also, during my time as president, I had the opportunity to accompany Dave Kanagy to many events and during our travels, we obtained new insights regarding public perception campaigns. Combined ...
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We need to save this extremely historic piece of rolling stock and eventually bring it to Ironhorse Railroad Park and we are looking for donations to help move it quickly to keep it from being destroyed. Delaware and Hudson Railroad miners transport car number 11 Built by Wason car company in 1893. The car is located in Indiana. This car is believed to be the sole survivor of it’s type. It is also an amazing existing specimen for educational purposes. This is one of the most significant pieces of equipment left from the “anthracite railroads” of northeastern PA. The car gained fame on the D&H’s miners’ train which ran between Carbondale and Scranton, PA. ...
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Hi every body Grinding is an important unit operation for all kinds of mineral processing operations. However, it is very energy intensive and inefficient process. I have read many articles on use of microwave, ultrasonic, shockwave, chemical additives, etc. to improve efficiency and efficiency of grinding process. These attempts have completed more than three decades and yet to get the commercial popularity. We presented a details analysis of limitation of these techniques in the recently published article on  Ore pre-treatment methods for grinding: journey and prospects (2018). So, now it is time to see beyond mechanical or chemical engineering and concepts ...
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By Tanya Kriss, Minerals Education Coalition Outreach Coordinator SME, along with the Minerals Education Coalition, are celebrating!  The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) awarded SME with the Power of A Silver Award for its program, Move Mining.  Because of the association model used by SME, Move Mining has shown great success in its outreach and ability to incorporate people from all around the globe while improving the public’s perception of mining.  And our members are pretty excited about it too!  According to Patrick Jacomet, Executive Director of the Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association and member of the MEC Committee, ...
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327 Boy Scouts took the Mining in Society Merit Badge course at the 2018 Spring Camporee for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America, conducted by the Pennsylvania Anthracite Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in conjunction with the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Eckley Miners Village, and the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour.  The Camporee was on May 19, 2018, near Scranton and Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The course was organized by Brian Traweek, P.E., member SME and Principal of American Mining Engineering based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, by Dr. Bode Morin, Historic Site Administrator for the Anthracite Heritage ...
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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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By Maggie Williams, SME Foundation Development Coordinator An honorary or memorial gift is a meaningful way to make a tribute to someone you admire; a family member, colleague or a special holiday or occasion. Tribute gifts can be made to the SME Foundation to honor friends and family members on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, retirements or other milestones that in turn support the SME Foundation’s education and outreach programs . A personalized acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to the recipient of your choice, without reference to the size of the gift. To make your gift by mail, please include the name of the person, or details ...
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By Tanya Kriss, Minerals Education Coalition Outreach Coordinator The Minnesota Section’s silent auction during the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo in February was not only successful in participation and sales, but also in the investment of those earnings for the future. The Section donated all of the proceeds from the auction to the SME Foundation.  Through these types of donations, programs such as MEC curriculum and outreach events, Move Mining, Professional Engineers Exam, ABET, Miners Give Back, and the PhD Fellowship and Career Development Grant Program are made possible. Donations to the SME Foundation can have a ripple effect by positively ...
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By Tanya Kriss, Minerals Education Coalition Outreach Coordinator The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) enjoyed the opportunity to reach out to families in Washington, D.C. at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 6-8.  With a total attendance of over 350,000 during the three days, it’s easy to see why there was a constant stream of students, parents and teachers at the MEC booth.  While being aimed at teaching children about the role of minerals in daily life, mining safety and STEM careers in the field, MEC also succeeded in reaching out to adults and parents.  Attendees of all ages left the MEC booth with a new idea of how mining and minerals ...
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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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