Press Releases

  • SME continues initiative to support U.S. mining school faculty

    11/11/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Ph.D. Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grant program. The initiative was implemented in 2015 to address the concerns regarding the long-term sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy academic degree programs and the declining balance of tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

  • SME’s Miners Give Back program continues humanitarian efforts

    11/04/2015

    The Miners Give Back (MGB) program of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF) is pleased to announce its continuing collaboration with Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB) in awarding a grant to assist the village of Khanalthok, Nepal. The $5,000 grant to the University of Florida EWB Chapter will enable volunteers to design and implement a sustainable solution to the lack of readily available, potable water in combination with low sanitary practices at the local school.

  • SME honors mine rescue teams

    10/29/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) believes that the safety and health of the global mining workforce is of paramount importance. SME is committed to making available expertise to enhance workplace safety and health, not only for its members, but for the entire mining and minerals community. On Friday, Oct. 30, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) honors the commitment and sacrifice made by first responders in its third annual Mine Rescue Day.

  • SME files comments on Stream Protection Rule

    10/28/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) filed comments opposing the Office of Surface Mining’s (OSMRE) proposed Stream Protection Rule on October 16, 2015. On October 27, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the development and potential implementation of the proposed Rule.

  • SME supports Congressional bill to fund mining schools

    10/15/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to offer support to H.R. 3734, the Mining School Enhancement Act. Introduced by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) on October 9, 2015, the legislation addresses the absence of a viable pipeline necessary to replenish current faculty vacancies in U.S. mining schools.

  • SME endorses Congressional Resolution

    10/14/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) partnered with more than 50 science and professional societies, organizations and companies to endorse a Congressional House Resolution supporting Earth Science Week. Introduced by Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), the resolution expresses support for designation of the week of October 11–17, 2015 as Earth Science Week (ESW).

  • SME at the 2015 World Boy Scout Jamboree

    10/07/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) was instrumental in the development of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Mining in Society merit badge, which was launched during the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, UT, in February 2014 and led to 3,519 Mining in Society merit badges being earned by Scouts in 2014. BSA topped the 2014 launch by selecting Mining in Society as its science exhibit for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree.

  • MEC finds innovative ways to promote careers in the mining industry

    09/30/2015

    The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation strives to generate an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals in their lives and lifestyles. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. MEC has created a series of podcasts with industry experts to show students how an interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

  • SME scholarship season opens

    09/16/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is comprised of divisions and affiliations dedicated to specific areas within the mining and minerals industry. These divisions offer multiple scholarships to SME student members who seek a career in the industry. SME is accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship season September 15 through October 15, 2015.

  • SME scholarship season opens

    09/16/2015

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is comprised of divisions and affiliations dedicated to specific areas within the mining and minerals industry. These divisions offer multiple scholarships to SME student members who seek a career in the industry. SME is accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship season September 15 through October 15, 2015.

  • Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy & Mining Industries

    09/02/2015

    The Government and Public Affairs Committee of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce the availability of the final report by the National Research Council of the National Academies (NRC) on the emerging trends in the United States’ energy and mining industries.

  • SME meeting to focus on agricultural minerals

    08/27/2015

    Two conferences join to consolidate expertise
    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to be hosting the 30th Florida SME and Dreyer Conference, a partnership between the SME Florida Section's Annual Regional Phosphate Conference and the Dreyer Conference. Focusing on agricultural minerals, the conference is a unique opportunity for mining, chemical processing, reclamation and environmental experts from around the world to exchange technical information and ideas. The conference will be held October 7-8, 2015 at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.

  • SME News Release MEC Partners with EdGate

    08/13/2015

    The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation (SMEF) strives to generate an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals in their lives and lifestyles. To achieve this mission, MEC materials must be technically accurate, industry relevant, grade appropriate, and meet state and national educational standards.

  • Minerals Education Coalition materials now correlated to all national and state education standards

    08/13/2015

    The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation (SMEF) strives to generate an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals in their lives and lifestyles. To achieve this mission, MEC materials must be technically accurate, industry relevant, grade appropriate, and meet state and national educational standards.

  • Is Mining Broken?

    07/15/2015

    SME-chaired international panel addresses engineers role in sustainable development

  • New from the SME bookshelf

    05/13/2015

    As the leading international resource for technical information about mining and related industries, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to announce four new publications available in the SME Bookstore:

  • SME Congressional Fellowship recipient announced

    01/21/2015

    The Board of Directors and the Government and Public Affairs Committee of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) are proud to introduce Mr. Kevin Ashley, P.E. as the recipient of the 2015-2016 SME Congressional Fellowship. Ashley will spend one year in Washington, D.C., working as a mining resource adviser on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Ashley is a mining engineer and has been a member of SME for 40 years. His duties will involve conducting legislative research and oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, and preparing briefs and writing speeches. The Fellowship term runs from September 2015 to August 2016.

  • SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellowship application period open

    11/26/2014

    The application period for the 2015 -‘16 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) Congressional Fellowship program runs December 1-31, 2014. SME is pleased to be offering a seasoned mining expert the chance to apply his or her industry knowledge to positively affect change in the laws that govern the U.S. mining and minerals industry in Washington, D.C. The second SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellow will be placed on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee during the 2015 -‘16 legislative session. The purpose of this miningspecific Fellowship is to provide an opportunity to make practical contributions to the development of environmental, natural resources, science and public policy issues.

  • SME Foundation joins #GivingTuesday

    11/12/2014

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF) will once again participate in the annual #GivingTuesday charitable initiative. #GivingTuesday is a national day set aside for charities, families, businesses, community centers and people around the world to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This national day of giving kicks off the charitable season and is held the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year the social media event will be held on December 2, 2014.

  • SME students participate in K-12 outreach contest

    11/05/2014

    Student chapters of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) worldwide were challenged to compete with each other to reach the greatest number of K-12 school children in one academic year with the message about the importance of mining and minerals in their everyday lives. Teams of five student members visited local K-12 classrooms to give presentations utilizing Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) resources, including the PowerPoint presentation entitled “The Importance of Minerals and Mining” developed by SME member Dr. Kenneth Reid.

  • New Coalition to Support Federal Mineral Science and Information Activities

    02/20/2014

    Alexandria, VA and Denver, CO – Fifteen organizations have formed the new Mineral Science and Information Coalition (MSIC) to advocate for reinvigorated minerals science and information functions in the federal government. Reliable supplies of mineral resources underpin the U.S. economy and national security. To maintain robust supply chains of critical mineral materials and make well-informed land-use decisions, the U.S. government and industry must have accurate, timely information on mineral resources and on the domestic and global flow of minerals and mineral materials. 

  • SME CIM jointly host symposium to address North American mine safety practices

    09/18/2013

    The 3rd symposium on safety and reliability in the mining and extractive resources industries is a collaborative initiative between the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). The symposium Safety In Mining: A Reliable Operation Is A Safe Operation, will be held October 20-22, 2013 at the Hilton Toronto in Ontario, Canada, and will cover an issue that mining managers are constantly attending to. 

  • Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, third edition, now available

    08/13/2013

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce the availability of the third edition of Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, published by CRC Press. This two-volume set has long been the industry’s most complete and authoritative account of modern open pit mining. The third edition has been expanded to include mine planning, mining revenues and costs, orebody descriptions, geometrical considerations, production planning and more.

  • Around the globe, mining increasingly a young person’s career choice

    08/13/2013

    Young people across the United States and around the world are making choices about the educational paths that will best serve them in life and their career. Increasingly, students are choosing mining as their career choice. This is reflected in the growth in the number of student chapters and student members in SME – the mining industry’s premier professional society. Student chapters of SME offer the first opportunity for a young person to engage in the world of mining outside of the classroom.

  • SME available scholarships increase 124% in four years – 2013 season opens August 15

    08/01/2013

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is comprised of topic-specific divisions devoted to focused areas within the mining and minerals industry. These divisions offer multiple scholarships to SME student members who demonstrate a desire for a career in the minerals industry. The number of applicants has climbed sharply in recent years, as have the numbers of scholarships awarded. In 2009, 21 scholarships were awarded by SME divisions; the number has increased annually, more than doubling to 47 in 2012. Additionally, the Woman's Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (WAAIME), a division of SME, administers a varying number of scholarships each year, both within the United States and through their international sections.

  • SME Welcomes New Team Members

    07/24/2013

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce three new associates who have joined the Society’s team of specialists.

  • Mining in Society Boy Scout Merit Badge in Development

    07/12/2013

    The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is extremely pleased to announce that it has obtained approval to be the lead organization for the development of a new Boy Scout Merit Badge. The “Mining in Society” Merit Badge will focus on the importance of mining and its key components of exploration, permitting, extraction, processing, production, safety and reclamation. After almost a decade of advocacy, SME is now moving forward to develop a factual and comprehensive program of instruction to motivate Scouts to fulfill all of the requirements necessary to earn this badge.

  • Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference Proceedings Now Available

    07/03/2013

    From June 23 through June 26, industry leaders and practitioners from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) - the authoritative program for the tunneling profession, to learn about the most recent advances and breakthroughs in this unique field. The 2013 RETC Proceedings from this conference are now available in a book edited by Michael A. DiPonio and Chris Dixon.

  • United States to host World Tunnel Congress in 2016

    06/07/2013

    On June 5, 2013, the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) and the 39th General Assembly of the International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) in Geneva, Switzerland, announced that the United States has won the bid to host the World Tunnel Congress in 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

  • Americans consume 3 million pounds of minerals in their lifetime

    05/08/2013

    Each year, SME’s Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) iconic “Minerals Baby” reminds all of us of the importance of minerals in our lives and lifestyles. This year’s statistics reflect an increase of mined materials needed to provide for the average American born in 2012 with an expected lifespan of 78.8 years when compared with the previous year.

  • SME Issues New Book on Environmental Considerations in Energy Production

    04/22/2013

    Environmental Considerations in Energy Production, edited by John Craynon, is the latest book from SME and contains submissions by energy professionals from around the world who discuss a wide selection of topics on energy production, including coal mining, oil and gas production, and electrical power generation, as well as the impacts on society and the environment.

  • SME Reorganizes Staff for Strategic Growth

    04/16/2013

    SME has experienced significant growth during the past ten years in terms of membership, member services, and programs. In order to better serve the current membership and the expected future growth of the Society, the SME Board of Directors approved a new staff organizational structure that will bring more strategic leadership to the organization.

  • SME Calls for Additional Federal Investment in U.S. Mining Schools

    03/08/2013

    On March 8, 2013 the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration published a technical briefing paper calling for increased federal investment in U.S. mining schools. “Federal Support for U.S. Mining Schools” states that mining and geological engineering, mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and applied geology and geophysics programs at our universities are national assets that are critical to maintain and encourage the growth of the U.S. energy and minerals workforce.