Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division

As a member of the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division of SME, you have access to professional networking and leadership opportunities with peers who share your career objectives.

The Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division of SME brings together non-fuel mining industry professionals from the industrial minerals processing and mining engineering community for the following:

  • Help advance the arts and sciences involved in exploration, production, and use of industrial minerals and aggregates;

  • Facilitate the presentation, publication and discussion of professional papers;

  • Promote the exchange of ideas and information on subjects of mutual interest among division members and with other SME divisions;

  • Encourage student interest in industrial minerals as a career opportunity and promote professional development of industrial mineral and aggregate industry practitioners.

The Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals where Geologists from all over the world come together to share the importance of industrial minerals. Learn more at https://fgiminc.com/2021/01/22/57th-fgim-forum-2021-virtual-event/

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Luncheon

This event is a fantastic opportunity for division members to network while supporting the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division scholarships.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

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Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Bylaws
Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Brochure

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Meeting Minutes

2023 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2022 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2021 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2020 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2019 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2016 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes
2015 Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Annual Meeting Minutes

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Committees

Name Position Start End
Jerry Gauntt Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
Vanessa A. Santos, M.Sc, PG, QP, REM Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
Kathryn F. Kosloski Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Jeffrey A. Pontius Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Richard Sillitoe Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Carol Kiser SME Staff 08/16/2018 02/28/2024

The Committee shall have oversight of all activities within the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division.

Name Position Start End
Riddhika Jain Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Nathan Manser, PHD Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Raghav M. Dube Past Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Gaurav Soni Secretary-Treasurer 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr Tushar Gupta Program Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Kathryn F. Kosloski Scholarship Committee Chair 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
David W. Bieber Membership Committee Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Steven J. Stokowski, PG FGIM Steering Committee Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Russell T. Winn FGIM Steering Committee Chair Elect 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Brock Langford Representative 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Vaibhav K. Srivastava Representative 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Melissa Serdinsky SME Staff 02/12/2024

The Hal Williams Hardinge Award Committee is responsible for reviewing the nominations for the Hal Williams Hardinge Award and selecting the recipient. The Hardinge Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of industrial minerals.

Name Position Start End
Dr Ravi Ravishankar Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Edgar Blanco Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2025
Dr. Marc A. Herpfer Member 03/01/2021 02/29/2024
Srinivas Veeramasuneni Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2026
Thomas E. Newman, PG Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2026
Swadhin Saurabh Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Riddhika Jain Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2027
Mr. Marc Le Vier Member 03/01/2023 02/29/2024

There are currently no members to display for this committee.

The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for nominating appropriate candidates to serve on Division and SME Committees as needed.

Name Position Start End
Riddhika Jain Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Raghav M. Dube Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2027
Nathan Manser, PHD Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Steven J. Stokowski, PG Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Kathryn F. Kosloski Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
Carol Kiser SME Staff 01/22/2019 02/28/2024

The Program Committee has the duty of coordinating programming and social events for the Division as needed.

Name Position Start End
Mr Tushar Gupta Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr Himesh Patel Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Gaurav Soni Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Patrick A. Jacomet Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Riddhika Jain Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Carol Kiser SME Staff 08/16/2018 02/28/2024
Name Position Start End
Dr. Bowen Li Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
John D. Macfadyen, P.E. Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
Dr. Marc A. Herpfer Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
David W. Bieber Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
William R. Wilson Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
Steven J. Stokowski, PG Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
Sergio Escudero Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2025

The Committee shall be responsible for collecting and review articles for industrial minerals and aggregates and publish in July issue of Mining Engineering magazine.

Name Position Start End
Mr Himesh Patel Chemical Raw Materials 06/01/2021 06/23/3020
John D. Macfadyen, P.E. Annual Review Editor 06/01/2020 06/30/2025
James C. Norman Annual Review Editor 06/01/2018 06/30/2026
Ahmad Nawab Agricultural Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Rahul Singh Agricultural Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Sachin Urade Chemical Raw Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Ahmad Nawab Chemical Raw Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Kinsley Costner Chemical Raw Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Brock Langford Construction Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Mr Himesh Patel Construction Materials 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
John Sackrider Fillers & Pigments 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Mr Himesh Patel Sorbents, Filter & Proc Aids 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Rudrajit Mitra, PHD Specialty Minerals 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
John Sackrider Specialty Minerals 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Carolyn A. McCannon Sorbents, Filter & Proc Aids 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Mr Himesh Patel Chair 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
John Sackrider Chair Elect 07/01/2023 06/30/2024
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2024

The Young Scientist Award is administered by SME’s Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division (IM&AD) Executive Committee.

Name Position Start End
Nathan Manser, PHD Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Riddhika Jain Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Raghav M. Dube Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr. Snehamoy Chatterjee, PhD Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
John Sackrider Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Carol Kiser SME Staff 08/16/2018 02/28/2024
Name Position Start End
Dr. Bowen Li Temporary Chair 03/01/2021 02/28/2024

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Awards

A. Frank Alsobrook Distinguished Service Award

The Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Distinguished Service Award, established in 1995, recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the workings of SME and the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division; and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishments. The award consists of an engraved plaque to be presented at the annual Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Luncheon.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Hal Williams Hardinge Award

The Hal Williams Hardinge Award, established in 1958 and funded by AIME, recognizes outstanding achievement which has benefited the field of industrial minerals & aggregates. The achievement so recognized may have been accomplished through writing, teaching, research or administration, resulting in new uses, wider markets, improved management, or through wider dissemination of knowledge. The award shall be a plaque, appropriately engraved with the name of the award, the name of the recipient, and the citation of the particular achievement for which the award is being conferred.

There are no limitations regarding nationality or membership in the AIME Member Societies, but preference is given to members. If a committee member is nominated, they will either find a replacement committee member so that they can resign for the year or remove their nomination until their term is up. Candidate must be living or passed away prior to May 1st of the nomination year.

No AIME Major Award winner is eligible to be nominated for another AIME Major Award until 9 years shall have elapsed, and the nomination support package shall conspicuously reference work in a new field or significant new accomplishments in the field for which the original award was made. (The AIME Major Awards are the Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal, Robert Earll McConnell? Award, James Douglas Gold Medal, Hal Williams Hardinge Award, Erskine Ramsay Medal, Robert H. Richards Award, William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal, Benjamin F. Fairless Award and Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal.)

AIME Board members are exempt from receiving AIME awards.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Young Scientist Award

The Young Scientist Award, established by the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division in 1985, brings recognition of scientific professionalism to young people working in the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates industry. The recipient will be encouraged to submit an article within a year of the award presentation for consideration for publication in "In the Aggregate." The nominee must not reach his or her 40th birthday before the Award is presented at the Annual Meeting. The award may be presented to a non-member of SME with the provision that the Division makes him/her a member by awarding him/her a one-year membership.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

A. Frank Alsobrook Distinguished Service Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Hal Williams Hardinge Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Young Scientist Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Hal Williams Hardinge Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Hal Williams Hardinge Award

Nominations for this award will open on 04/01/2024

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Scholarships

Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship

The Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship (Henderson Scholarship) is open to undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing degrees in geology, mining engineering or mineral economics with special interests in an industrial minerals and aggregates-oriented program.

To submit an anonymous recommendation letter for a student, please email it to scholarships@smenet.org with the student's first and last name and the scholarship name as the file name.

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship

The application period for this scholarship will begin on 09/01/2024