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February 12, 2015

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Washington Updates
2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo /
CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference

Join us Feb. 15-18 in Denver, CO. Interact with nearly 8,000 of your colleagues. Explore 900+ exhibit booths. Conference sessions include coal and energy, bulk materials handling, environmental issues, geology, and health & safety programs. Also featured are industrial minerals and aggregates sessions, in-depth issues associated with mining and exploration, metallurgy and mineral processing, as well as the current status of research in the industry.

The opening Keynote Session panel will address the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for each of the respective industry sectors in opening new markets, creating new products, cutting costs and improving efficiencies.

It isn’t too late! Online registration will continue throughout the conference. To register online, click here.
Download the SME Conference App
The SME Meetings App has all the latest times, locations and details for technical sessions, committee meetings, social functions and exhibits, and is updated throughout the Conference. Download the App to your mobile device using the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, from or scan the QR code.
Exhibit Booth Contest
SME is sponsoring an exciting contest to show exhibitors your favorite booth during the conference. Just share a photo of your favorite booth on Twitter using the #SME2015ACE hashtag.
  • Exhibitors can tweet photos of their own booths, once.
  • Attendees can tweet photos of their favorite booths, once.
  • Re-tweets count as one vote.
  • Only one tweet per person, per company is counted.
    (Ex: If I tweet a photo of the SME booth, it counts as one vote. I cannot re-tweet it for a second vote.)
  • The booth with the most tweets by the end of the conference, wins a full page ad in Mining Engineering magazine!
Follow us on Twitter @SMECommunity!
Don’t Miss These Special Events During the Conference
Visit the SME Bookstore in the registration lobby and meet the authors!
Featured books are Intrepid Explorer, Mine Rescue Manual, Responsible Mining, and Project Management for Mining. Check out the board Monday and Tuesday to see when your favorite author will be signing, or visit
Women Pioneers in STEM History
Join us at the Women of SME and WAAIME Breakfast, Tuesday, Feb. 17 for a special presentation by Jill S. Tietjen, P.E., author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Ms. Tietjen will speak about the remarkable women who made outstanding contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
SME Conference Café
Be sure to stop by the SME Conference Café, booth 1243. This unique lounge area is where members come to meet and network in a comfortable setting. Come bid on the SME Foundation Silent Auction items, learn about the SME Divisions, the digital research library, Mining Engineering magazine, and more.
PDH Tracking
The SME Conference offers multiple opportunities for you to earn Professional Development Hours while attending the technical sessions. Register for PDH tracking, attend the technical sessions, then print your certificate while you are still onsite. The PDH kiosk is located next to the registration desk in Lobby A.
SME Latin America
Find out what SME is currently doing in Latin America, and what our plans are for the future. We’re located next to the SME Membership Booth in Lobby A.
SME Photo Contest Winners

Check out the winning images submitted by Ward Thurman, Yahiya Al-Shangiti, Jim Mackay and more! Thanks to everyone who submitted their beautiful photos. These images will be on display at the Exhibit Hall Entrance during the SME Annual Meeting & Expo, Feb. 15-18, and on the SME website.

Wow! Look at these silent auction items from SMEF

Check out the unique silent auction items the SME Foundation will be offering during the SME Foundation Dinner at the Hyatt on Sunday, and on the exhibit floor in the Conference Café (booth 1243) Monday through Wednesday.

MEC supports SME Section Outreach
Learn more about how to get started with local outreach and how the Minerals Education Coalition can support you.
Visit the MEC booth in Lobby B during the conference, the technical session on Monday, or attend the MEC Committee meeting on Wednesday. Check out times using the meeting app, or contact Rachel Grimes 303-948-4247,
Minerals Education Coalition
Featured events & webinars
2015 SME MN, Duluth Conference
April 13-15, 2015
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth, MN
UCA Young Members Webinar Series: The Excitement of Working Underground
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 1 pm MST
William Edgerton, McMillen Jacobs Associates
Mining Finance: Improving Profitability in the Mining Industry
April 26-28, 2015
Princeton Club
New York, NY
Webinar: Scale Control and Monitoring
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9 am MST
Paul Valeeck
Visit the SME website for more news on meetings and webinars.
Call For Papers
The Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI) conference committee has extended the deadline for abstracts to February 28, 2015. For information and to submit your abstract, please visit
The ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference has put out a call for papers on carbon capture and storage. Submission deadline is March 2, 2015. For information and to submit your paper, please visit
Washington Updates & Noteworthy News
SME is dedicated to providing you with the latest mining news, from daily headlines at Mining Engineering Online to our technical journal Minerals & Metallurgical Processing to our Government and Public Affairs coverage.

Featured abstract: Spectroelectrochemistry of enargite I: Reactivity in alkaline solutions.

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Featured article: Geological Analysis of Aggregates Processing.
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