Published On: 11/24/2015

SME Thought Leaders podcast series expands

Industry’s foremost authorities discuss the future of mining

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 new installments in the Thought Leaders podcast series. The series provides a forum for the mining industry’s foremost leaders to discuss the most important topics facing the industry today.

Additions to the series include remarks from panelists who participated in the February 16, 2015 keynote session at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, CO. The keynote session theme was “The Mine of the Future: Forecasting opportunities and challenges for the global mining industry.” Panelists addressed the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for each of their respective sectors when opening new markets, creating new products, cutting costs and improving efficiencies.

Reflecting on that keynote session are:

  • Gwenne Henricks, Vice President, Product Development & Global Technology, Caterpillar Inc., presents the three keys areas for equipment manufacturers and the mining industry to partner to successfully move the industry forward.

  • Dean Gehring, President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals, offers his prediction for the next big technical change that will allow the industry to reach a higher level of innovation.

  • 2015 SME President J. Steven Gardner, President and CEO of ECSI, discusses the continuity between past, present and future leadership at SME, his views of the future of the mining industry, and the areas he will focus on during his term as SME President.

New podcasts will be added regularly to the Thought Leaders series. For more information, please visit

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