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SME Georgia Section  

The Georgia Section is a legally constituted unit of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., encompassing a specific geographical area. Our members are given the opportunity to network with their peers and hear valuable presentations through our activities.

Section Officers:

Thomas M. Hilderbrand Chair Mar 1, 2006 Jul 31, 2015
Thomas M. Hilderbrand Secretary-Treasurer Aug 1, 2013 Jul 31, 2015
Patrick K. Macy MEC Chair Mar 1, 2006 Jul 31, 2015
Dr. Robert J. Pruett Program Chair Sep 1, 2008 Jul 31, 2015

Future SME Georgia Section Meetings:

6:00 PM Social Gathering
6:50 PM Business Meeting
7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Environmental Issues Forum*
7:45 PM Featured Speaker

January 23, 2014 [please register by January 17]
Speaker: John M. Furlan, Ph.D., Hydraulic Design Engineer, GIW Industries, Inc., Groveton, GA
Pumping high yield stress non-Newtonian clays with centrifugal slurry pumps

March 20, 2014 [please register by March 14]
Speaker: John Murphy, Stan Kurkowski, Bob Pruett
The 'Mining' Merit Badge: An Introduction and Preparation to be a Boy Scout Merit Badge Councilor

May 22, 2014 [please register by May 16]
Speaker: Nils W. Thompson, Senior Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Atlanta
Groundwater Resources for the Georgia Mining Industry

August 21, 2014 (GC&SU, Maxwell) [please register by August 15]
Speaker: Ted S. Smith, CEO, Arcilla Mining & Land Company, McIntyre, GA

October 23, 2014 [please register by October 17]
Speaker: Prakash B. Malla, Ph.D., Manager of Research & Development, Thiele Kaolin Company
Useful materials from Kaolin

Environmental Issues Forum
The Environmental Issues Forum will be co-moderated by Len Etheridge (Environmental, Safety & Health Manager, Imerys Clays Inc.) and William M. Griffin (Senior Ecologist and Group Director, Golder Associates Inc.).
Location: Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Georgia

Maxwell Student Union:

From Atlanta Take 1-20 East to Exit 114 (Madison). Turn right onto Highway 441 South. Follow Highway 441 South to Milledgeville (about 45 miles). Entering Milledgeville, continue straight so that you follow the business section of Hwy. 441 to Montgomery Street. Turn left. Drive one block and turn right onto Clark Street. Continue to the 1st stop light which is Hancock Street. The Maxwell Student Union is on the left.
The Presidential Dining Room is on the upper floor of the Maxwell Student Union located at corner of N. Clarke Street and W. Hancock Street on the campus of Georgia College & State University. The entrance is on the Hancock St. side of the building. See for a GC&SU campus map.

Meeting Registration:
The cost for both members and guests is $30 per person. The cost for Students is $20. Those interested in attending please mail or fax, (478) 552-4105, their registration to Tom Hilderbrand (; 478-552-3951, ext. 1237). Make checks payable to SME Georgia Section. Complete and return this form and payment to: SME Georgia Section, PO Box 1056, Sandersville, GA 31082 no later than ten days before the meeting date.

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