The Metallic Student Design Competition (SDC) is a hard rock competition focused on the evaluation of a mineral deposit (precious/base metal or industrial mineral) and the development of a potential flowsheet and process design. The competition will be conducted in two stages, with the second stage and final judging taking place at the SME annual conference. The new Metallic SDC is modeled after the SME/NSSGA competition, which is based on an aggregate mining industry design problem.
View the presentations from the 2020-2021 Metallic Student Design Competition held during the SME Annual Conference & Expo.
Coming soon. Register your teams for the 2021-2022 Metallic Student Design Competition!
November 10th: Deadline to register your team for the Metallic competition
Key dates for 2021-2022:
October 4th: Phase 1 problem sent to Faculty Advisors for registered teams
November 24th: Phase 1 solution due
January 5th: Phase 2 teams announced
February 25th: Phase 2 begins (at SME Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah)
March 2nd: Phase 2 final presentations and judging (morning); Phase 2 winners announced (afternoon)
Download the 2021-2022 Metallic Student Design Competition Guidelines
For more information, please contact:
Mona Vandervoort, SME Education Coordinator
+1 (303) 948-4227
Sponsored by Rio Tinto