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May 20, 2021

By Gregg Tiedeman posted 05-21-2021 01:01 PM

SME eNews - May 20, 2021

One Year Later: A Member’s Professional Journey in an Unprecedented Year

Exactly one year ago, this same eNews spot featured the story of Himesh Patel, an SME member, who, in the reality of COVID-19, was facing an anti-climactic and tenuous end to his master’s program in metallurgical engineering at the Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. As graduation season for 2021 approaches, we’ve checked back in with Patel to see how his pandemic year unfolded (spoiler alert: the job-front news is good). Click to read Patel’s interview.

AIME Marks Milestone 150th Anniversary

On May 16, 2021, leaders from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) member societies of AIST, SME, SPE and TMS celebrated AIME’s 150th anniversary. AIME unveiled a 150th-anniversary plaque in the town center of AIME's birthplace, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Another commemorative plaque at Lehigh University depicting the strong ties between the organizations, especially at the beginning of their legacies, was also installed. This marks the beginning of a year-long celebration that will culminate at MINEXCHANGE 2022. Learn more about AIME’s rich legacy in Mining Engineering. Former SME president, and current AIME president George Luxbacher shares a historical reflection throughout the year.

Industry News

Mining industry giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, three of the world’s biggest resource companies, have launched the Charge On Innovation Challenge, a global competition for technology innovators to develop new concepts for large-scale haul truck electrification systems to help significantly cut emissions from surface mine operations and unlock safety, productivity, and operational improvements.

Featured Headlines:
Federal judge denies challenges to Twin Metal’s permits.
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MEC Student Chapter Award Applications Due

The application process has changed. Make sure your student chapter is recognized for its educational outreach efforts. The winning chapter will receive $250, up to $500 to offset travel to SME's annual MINEXCHANGE Conference & Expo, and more. APPLY NOW!

Last Day for Miners Give Back Award is June 1st

Time is running out to nominate your Section for their community service and humanitarian outreach projects. The deadline for the inaugural Miners Give Back Award is Tuesday, June 1st at Midnight EST. Nominate your Section today.

MEC Award Nominations Due June 1st

Show your appreciation to your colleagues – nominate them for MEC Awards: the C. Dale and Kathleen B. Elifrits MEC Leadership Award, the MEC SME Organization Award, and the MEC Partnership Appreciation Award. NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE TODAY!

Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Virtual Coffee Break

The SME Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Virtual Coffee Break will be held June 10, 1:00 pm MDT. Bring a cup of coffee and a desire to learn more about how to get involved in the Division. We will be discussing membership retention of Division members. Come to share how SME has supported you throughout your professional journey.

Other Industry News
North American Mine Ventilation Symposium
June 12-17, 2021 – South Dakota Mines

NAMVS 2021 offers a meaningful experience and knowledge to all the attendees, whether you are a budding ventilation engineer or an expert working in the mining, tunneling, and other fields that utilize subsurface areas. You will be able to connect with experts within your field, engage in high-level debates, improve your presentation and communication skills, and get feedback on your latest work. You can benefit from the keynote sessions, short courses/workshops, exhibits, and technical and poster sessions.

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