WAAIME (formerly known as the Women’s Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining Engineers) was created on February 20, 1917. WAAIME is now a Division of SME through a merger in 2008. Within the boundaries of the merger, WAAIME retained the autonomy to continue its 100 year old tradition of philanthropy to the local mining communities where members live and to continue to provide scholarships to students in the mining industries.
WAAIME Executive Committee
The WAAIME Executive Committee is made up of three members: the Eastern Representative, the Western Representative and the International Representative. These members are nominated by the WAAIME membership for consideration by the Executive Committee each November. The Executive Committee Members each serve a term of three years with the third year rotating into the Chair position. All three have equal voting rights, with the Chair presiding.

2019-2020 WAAIME (National/International) Officers
Chair: Jean Davin (PA, Eastern Sections Representative)
Blanche Blattner (Peru/International Representative)
Winnell Burt (Western Sections Representative))
The WAAIME Division of SME is made up of Local Sections in mining communities in the U.S., Peru, Chile and Mexico with each section governed by their local officers.

Each section, as well as parent organization has several committees, including: Scholarship, Membership, Operation Practices, and other special committees (such as the100th Anniversary Committee).

Visit our new website at www.WAAIME.org for updates on our current activities, as well as scholarship information.

The WAAIME objectives, as written by President Mrs. Lou Henry Hoover in her letter to her membership in February 1959, remain:

  1. To render service to the country and to the community through all that pertains to the interest of the professions of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering. 

  2. To promote philanthropic work and the interchange of ideas amongst its members. 

  3. To devise and promote ways and means of procuring a fund and to maintain such fund for the purpose of assisting promising students to obtain a technical education in Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering and their allied subjects.

Annually, new nominations are sought to replace the longest serving WAAIME Executive Committee member. Nominations are selected from the outgoing Executive Committee Chair’s area or region. If you would like to nominate an individual to server on the Executive Committee, you may click the link below.
You may become a member of WAAIME by contacting WAAIME@smenet.org

If you have additional questions, please contact:
WAAIME Division Coordinator
Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Email: waaime@smenet.org

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