The Student Design Competition was introduced in the fall of 2004 and culminated at the 2005 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Salt Lake City, UT. It is a two-stage competition involving a technical design stage and an oral presentation stage based on an aggregate mining industry design problem. It was felt that in combining these two categories of a technical solution and an oral presentation provided the basis for most engineering work once the students enter the mining industry. In this way the students can be involved in a “real world” engineering problem and solution prior to graduation. The teams will be judged on presentation skills, creativity, understanding of aggregate mining processes, and thoughtful methodology.
View the presentations from the 2021 Student Design Competition held during the MINEXCHANGE 2021 SME Annual Conference & Expo.
Submit your team information
Coming soon. Register your teams for the 2021-2022 Metallic Student Design Competition!
Team Applications are due by November 1, 2021
(Submissions open this summer)
Read what our past participants have to say about the Student Design Competition.
"...no matter the outcome of the competition this is a great opportunity to make connections with industry leaders and be part of a fun experience that will perpetuate your career. The purpose behind the competition is to build relationships and learn how to collaborate with different personalities. These are the things that you cannot be taught in a classroom, but through experience and this competition embodies that idea."
-Nancy Tracy, Montana Tech