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2014 Cutting Edge Conference
Join us in New York for the 2014 Cutting Edge Conference: Groundwater Control for Tunneling November 3-5, 2014. From dewatering to pre-excavation grouting, cut-off walls to pressurized TBMs, SEM construction to water-proofing and lining. The conference will feature subject-specific presentations focusing on innovations and practical experience from projects around the world. Register now!
Arizona Conference 2014
Join us in Tucson Arizona for the 2014 Arizona Conference on December 7-8, 2014. The 2014 Arizona Conference will include programming in geology, blasting, smelting/metallurgy, environmental, Mexico and new projects. Register now!
2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference
Join us at the 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference on February 15 - 18, 2015 in Denver, CO. Registration is now open! Visit for the latest conference activities and updates.
2015 George A. Fox Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 George A. Fox Conference. Join us in New York on January 27, 2015 to network with experienced tunnelers and to learn the latest trends in industry.
SME News Release
Stay current with activities at SME world headquarters and follow meetings, seminars, SME Foundation, new products, outreach activities and all things SME.
From the MEC Store: Aggregates poster
Aggregates are the most mined materials in the world! MEC's new 2-sided aggregates poster depicts some of the ways aggregates are created and photos of aggregates. The back of the poster contains four aggregate-focused activities to be photocopied and used in classroom instruction. SME members can purchase posters for distribution in community schools and outreach programs.
Mining in Society Merit Badge Resources
SME members nationwide have led in the development of the Boy Scouts of America Mining in Society merit badge which fosters an understanding about the positive impact mining and minerals make on the American quality of life. The MEC website,, features resources for counselors and Scouts to use toward earning the new badge. MEC will be compiling stories about our members' and companies' efforts to engage Boy Scouts to earn the Mining in Society merit badge. Please send information and photos about your successful merit badge-related activities to so that they can be recognized. More information about how to become involved is also available on the website.
Mineral Resource Statistics
Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.03 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime. View additional mineral resource statistics.
Iron Mining and Processing for Electrical Uses Poster
The Minerals Education Coalition is pleased to announce its newest poster. The poster traces the path of mining and processing taconite ore for use in electrical applications, and provides a colorful, informative piece for teachers to display in the classroom. The poster is a companion piece to the Iron in Our Electrical World video at The video and poster are designed to enhance high school curricula in geology, chemistry, physics and engineering.
Careers in the Minerals Industry
This career guidance booklet is presented as a public service to students, parents and teachers by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Inc. SME is devoted to serving members who are involved in mineral resources exploration, mining, processing and reclamation.
Now available to download or purchase.
Iron in Our Electrical World video
SME's Minerals Education Coalition is pleased to announce the release of "Iron in Our Electrical World", the second video in the series, "Minerals In Our Electrical World". The 19-minute video is an overview of Iron and its importance to our everyday lives. For additional free educational resources about the importance of mining and minerals, visit
World Tunnel Congress
The United States will host the World Tunnel Congress in 2016 in San Francisco, CA. Visit our website for more information.

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