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SME Sections  

A Local Section is a legally constituted unit of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., encompassing a specific geographical area. Sections help enhance the professional development of their members and provide local service to the public. SME recognizes that the diversity of Local Section membership creates diverse needs, and that the Local Section Officers are in the best position to determine Section needs and direction.

More than 50 local SME Sections facilitate the exchange of information and increase grassroots participation in SME programs and services. Members have the opportunity to network with their peers and hear valuable presentations through section activities.

SME National supports local sections in a variety of ways as detailed below.  SME Local Section Coordinator, Angie Grace, is ready to assist you in any way possible to help you support your Local Section. Please contact Angie with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. E-mail: Angie Grace or call 303-948-4230.

Interested in forming a local section in your area? Click HERE to download the procedures.


SME National Programs for Local Sections

Henry Krumb Lecture Series

SME helps bring outstanding speakers to the Local Sections through the Henry Krumb Lecture Series. The program is offered to all local SME sections to enhance their appreciation and understanding of important new methods and technologies. Lecturers are selected from the professionals who present technical papers at the SME annual meeting. The Series is administered by SME.  For more info or to request a Krumb Lecturer, visit the Henry Krumb Lecture Series page. 

Local Section Hero

At the core of each local section is a group of dedicated volunteers who recruit members, organize section activities, work with local SME student chapters, raise money, provide educational outreach, and more. To recognize our member volunteers for their hard work at the local section level, SME has created the "Local Section Hero" program. Beginning January 2011, a "Local Section Hero" will be profiled each month in Mining Engineering magazine. This column will highlight an individual or a group of individuals who carry out unique and exemplary activity at the local section level.  If you know someone who is providing exemplary service to your local section, please take a few moments to nominate that individual as a Local Section Hero!


Local Section Grant Program

In 2009, SME initiated a Local Section Grant program to provide financial support to Local Sections and, by extension, the industry.  The support generated through the Local Section Grant Program is intended to assist sections with accomplishing specific goals or starting specific programs, such as production of outreach material, professional development products and services, and educational programs.  To date, 20 grants totaling over $45,000 have been awarded to various local sections.  If your section is considering a special project, but needs some financial assistance to get it done, submit your grant application today.  Applications are due August 1, sections are notified of grant approval by October 1, and funds are distributed shortly thereafter.  Click here to download the grant application.


Minerals Education Coalition

The importance of mining and minerals is a message that everyone needs to hear! Join with SME Foundation’s Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) to promote the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life in your community and local classrooms. SME Sections’ MEC sub-committees and speakers bureaus and SME Student Chapters can receive free educational materials (paper posters and activities) for their outreach activities from MEC. Together, we can help secure the future of mining by creating an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals to their lives. Contact us to discuss how you can get involved in your community. Rachel Grimes 303-948-4247. Learn moreat


Operations Manual 

SME publishes a MANUAL OF OPERATION FOR SME LOCAL SECTION which is updated as needed. This manual has been created for the Local Section Officer as a tool in the operation of your Section and is intended to give you guidance, information, and ideas to assist you in the successful administration of your Section.


Officer Updates

SME National makes it easy for local sections to provide information and updates regarding the local section officers.  Any time there is a change in your sections leadership, simply click on the link below to access the online Local Section Officer Updates form.  Complete the form and click “submit” and you’re done!  Local Section Officer Online Form


Section Websites

SME National hosts webpages for each local section at no cost to the section.  Section officers are responsible for providing any necessary updates to Angie Grace to be placed on the section’s page.  Click on the links below to be directed to each section’s page. 


List of SME Sections:


M050 Adirondack Section, NY
M035 Alabama Section
M058 Arkansas Section
M007 ArkLaTex Section
M003 Black Hills Section, SD
M143 Boise Section, ID
M092 Carolinas Section, NC
M006 Central Appalachian Section, KY
M065 Central Texas Mining Section
M011 Chicago Section
M147 Cochise Section, AZ
M163 Coeur d'Alene Section, ID
M057 Colorado Plateau Section
M009 Colorado Section
M010 Columbia Section, WA
M055 Erdenet Section, Mongolia
M045 Florida Section
M110 Georgia Section
M141 Gila Valley Section, AZ
M152 Grand Canyon Section, AZ
M148 Maricopa Section, AZ (Phoenix)
M047 Mexico Section
M020 Minnesota Section
M149 Morenci Section, AZ
M023 New York Section
M159 Northeastern Nevada Section
M166 Northern California Section
M022 Northern Nevada Section
M155 Ohio Mining Section
M029 Penn-Anthracite Section, PA
M051 Peru Section
M046 Philippines Section
M150 Pinal Mountain Section, AZ
M030 Pittsburgh Section, PA
M162 Powder River Basin Section, WY
M112 Snake River Section, ID
M137 South Texas Minerals Section
M153 Southern Alaska Section
M036 Southern California Mining Section
M118 Southern Nevada Section
M038 Southwestern New Mexico Section
M126 Southwestern Wyoming Section
M033 St. Louis Section
M002 Tucson Section, AZ
M040 Upper Peninsula Section, MI
M041 Utah Section
M042 Washington D.C. Section
M093 Wisconsin Section
M083 Wyoming Section









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