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 Board of Directors:

Dan Alexander, PhD, P.E. Director 2019
Lee Anderson Director 2017
Barbara J. Arnold Director 2017
Amanda Bayne Director 2017
Susan B. Bealko, M.S., M.P.H. Director 2017
Robert Bohach, M.S., CMSP Director 2017
Jason Hustus, P.E. Director 2017
Vladislav Kecojevic, PhD. Director 2017
Michael Keener Director 2017
Robert Kimutis Director 2017
Jeff Kravitz Director 2017
James Kvitkovich Director 2017
Thomas A. Mack Director 2017
Eric Shereda, P.E.  Director 2017
Joseph Sidhom Director 2017
Jack Trackemas, M.S. Director 2017
Rich Wagner, P.E Director 2017


 Section Officers:

Edward F. Zeglen Jr., P.E. Chairperson
Michael Trevits,P.E.  Treasurer
Richard King


Section Mentors:

Heather Trexler, P.G. Past Chairman
Brian N. Shaffer, P.G. Past Chairman
Peter G. Vaughan Past Chairman
Matt Furniss, P.E. Director
Laurence Beck, PhD, P.E., P.G. Director
Keith A. Heasley, PhD, P.E. Director
Robert p. Kudlawiec, P.E. Director
John N. Murphy Director
Ryan M. Murray Director
Joseph C. Zelanko, P.E. Director


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.


MEC Subsection (formerly the GEM subsection)

The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives. The MEC is the result of the successful merger of SME’s Mineral Information Institute (Mii) and Government, Education and Mining (GEM) programs.

Helpful links:
Click here for K-12 Education resources from the MEC.
Click here for the Rock and Mineral 10-Specimen Kit Companion Book
Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair website.


Penn State Student Section:

Objectives of the Penn State SME Student Chapter are to aid and encourage the professional development of the individual members of the society, to promote among its members a self-sought increasing knowledge of Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing, to instill a professional pride in the careers by the members, to provide a forum for meeting and discussing matters of interest to those concerned with the mining industry, and to facilitate between student members and professionals within the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.

If you have any questions about this chapter please visit http://pennstatemining.wix.com/mining or contact Student Chapter President Katie Hutton at kah5778@psu.edu. Website: http://www.eme.psu.edu/academics/student-orgs/sme

Student Chapter Officers:

Katie Hutton President kah5778@psu.edu  2017
Nicholas Buczacki Vice President nzb5221@psu.edu 2017
Raquel Duque Treasurer rmd5480@psu.edu 2017
Dr. Jeff Kohler Faculty Sponsor jk9@psu.edu  2017

West Virginia University Student Section:

The Student Chapter of SME at WVU is the primary student organization for the mining department and works hand in hand with the Department to build upon what is being taught in the classroom. The chapter mainly focuses on three important goals which include professional development, younger student involvement and community outreach. This chapter aims to help develop students professionally and to help members bridge the gap between being students and becoming professionals. Throughout the year, through the student chapter, members are given several opportunities to interact with countless industry leaders and professionals in a professional as well as social manner. The chapter also aims to help incoming freshmen and sophomores become more involved with the university and mining industry. The chapter gives young members the opportunity to get to know their classmates and professors in an informal setting with several events throughout the year. Lastly, the chapter strives to give back to the university and community through community outreach.


If you have any questions about this chapter please contact WVU SME at wvusme@gmail.com. Website: https://www.facebook.com/SMEWVU/

Student Chapter Officers:

Keegan Patrick President mkpatrick@mix.wvu.edu 2018
Ricky Shipe Vice President  reshipe@mix.wvu.edu 2018
Robbie Harless Secretary  rjharless@mix.wvu.edu 2018
Jeremy Deihlmann Program Coordinator  jtdiehlmann@mix.wvu.edu 2018
Ben Safer GEM/Media Coordinator  bosafer@mix.wvu.edu 2018
 Dr. Brijes Mishra  Faculty Sponsor  brijes.mishra@mail.wvu.edu 2018
 Dr. Brijes Mishra Faculty Sponsor brijes.mishra@mail.wvu.edu2017