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About SME Pittsburgh Section

The Pittsburgh Section is a legally constituted unit of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., an international, nonprofit association of over 15,000 professionals working in the mineral industries. SME members have the technical expertise acquired through training and experience and the innovative ability to enhance their industry.

The jurisdiction of the SME Pittsburgh Section includes 41 Counties in western Pennsylvania, 33 Counties in eastern Ohio and 4 Counties in northern West Virginia.  The Pittsburgh Section has two subsections, the Appalachian Plateau Subsection and the Central Pennsylvania Subsection.

Pittsburgh Section Officers:

Brian N. Shaffer, P.G. Chair 2014
Heather Trexler Treasurer 2014
Edward F. Zeglen, Jr. Secretary 2014
Peter G. Vaughan Past Chair 2014

Special focus areas for the Pittsburgh Section are:

  • Continued interest in educating the public on the importance of mining and minerals.
  • Technical programs for educational growth and professional enhancement.
  • Social activities to provide a platform for networking and entertainment with peers.



2013-2014 SME Coal & Energy Awards - Photos

See the link below to view photos of Pittsburgh Section members who are award recipients. Congratulations!

SME Annual Meeting looking to break records in Salt Lake City

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Click on the links below to view more information about these SME Student Chapters.
University of Pittsburgh
Kent State University
Pennsylvania State University
West Virginia University

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Congratulations to our 2013
25 and 50 Year SME Members!

25 Year Members:
Dr. Guner Gurtunca
David Harrison
Thomas Lippencott
Dr. Wen Su
Thomas Zugates

50 Year Members:
Dr. Jan M. Mutmansky

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