Published On: 11/24/2015

SME Sponsors Young Mining Professionals at Emerging Leaders Alliance conference

Providing cross disciplinary leadership training for tomorrow’s pacesetters

In addition to technical competency, today’s mining industry leaders need broad skills to meet the real problems facing society, including dependable energy, applied sustainability, accessibility to minerals and affordable health care. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has a long history of supporting emerging leaders through professional development programs. SME is pleased to announce the sponsorship of eight members to attend the 6th annual Emerging Leaders Alliance conference, to be held November 11-13, 2013, in Reston, VA. The Emerging Leaders Alliance is a partnership among leading engineering, research and science-based organizations that provides high quality leadership training.

“With an aging workforce, developing young leaders is essential to our industry’s future,” said Dr. Jessica Elzea Kogel, 2013 SME president. “The Emerging Leaders Alliance is a highly effective program which will foster leadership in the engineering and scientific community.”

The eight young professionals selected to represent SME are:

  • Ruby Brickman, Rio Tinto-Eagle Mine

  • Melissa Martinie, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.

  • Kathryn Gardner, University of Kentucky

  • Matthew Furniss, PBS Coals Inc.

  • Eunhye Kim, University of Utah

  • Clayton Cross, Patton Mining LLC

  • Donald S. Swartz II, John T. Boyd Co.

  • Ted Klemetti, NIOSH

The Emerging Leaders Alliance was formed in 2008 as a cooperative project of several engineering societies. Its mission is to provide an interdisciplinary forum of learning for engineering and scientific professionals, promoting the development of skilled leaders to meet the needs of the 21st century. Sponsoring societies are: American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST); NACE International, The Corrosion Society; Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME); Society of American Military Engineers (SAME); Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG); Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); and The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS).

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or