SME Twin Cities Subsection
The next SME Twin Cities luncheon will feature Student Awards, and speaker Cara Santelli of UMN - Wednesday, May 3, 2017, University of Minnesota Campus Club, 403 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis MN 55455, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Cara Santelli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UMN BioTechnology & Dept of Earth Sciences
Topic: Microbially induced mineral formation: strategies for the remediation of mining waste.
Bio: Cara Santelli is an Assistant Professor in Earth Science and member of the BioTechnology Institute at UMN. She holds a PhD from the MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography. Her research examines the impact of microbial activity on geological and environmental processes.
Ball Game! Please attend SME night at the Twins game, now optimized for mingling!
Twins vs. Mariners, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:10PM, tickets $40
The most recent SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Paul Eberth of Enbridge - Friday, March 24, 2017, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Paul Eberth, P.E., Project Director, Enbridge Energy Partners
Paul will speak on the Enbridge role in safe and reliable delivery of crude oil and other energy liquids in North America, with emphasis on best practices to foster social license to operate. Paul's info sheet is available here.
Bio: Paul oversees the current $2.6B Line 3 Replacement Project for Enbridge. Since joining Enbridge in 2006 in Duluth, Paul has held engineering, construction, safety and management positions for both pipeline and wind farm projects. He helped develop the American Petroleum Institute pipeline safety standard. Previously, he was a wind farm project developer for Gamesa in Minneapolis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. With his wife Kristin and two daughters Mia and Paige, Paul enjoys outdoor activities ranging from camping in the Boundary Waters to annual Grandmas Marathon events.
MN was well-represented at the SME National Conference in Denver!
The February SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Sean Dessureault of University of Arizona - Friday, February 17, 2017, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Dr. Sean Dessureault, Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Topic: Using Tablets, Internet of Thing Beacons, and Big Data Analytics for Safety and Productivity in Small mines and Quarries.
Bio: University of Arizona associate professor Sean Dessureault directs a research group that develops mining information systems. He is an expert in underground and surface mobile fleet mine automation, big-data in mining, and data-driven sustainability.
The January SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Brad Moore of PolyMet - Thursday, January 19, 2017, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Brad Moore, Executive Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs, PolyMet Mining, Inc.
Topic: Brad will provide a Polymet NorthMet Project Update - the transition from Environmental Review to Permitting
Bio: Brad Moore joined PolyMet Mining, Inc. in 2011 as Executive Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs. Brad oversees environmental review and permitting of the NorthMet project, as well as its governmental and regulatory relations – a field in which he has over 25 years of experience. Brad holds a BA in political science from St. Olaf College, and an MA in public affairs from the University of Minnesota.
Student Chapter tour of Hibbing Taconite!
Ken Reid has contributed immensely to the MN mining industry and profession over decades. He is retiring from the SME TC Board this year, while continuing to contribute as much as ever. Thanks Ken!
The most recent SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Rolf Weberg of NRRI - Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Rolf Weberg, Executive Director, NRRI-Duluth, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN 55811.
Bio: Dr. Weberg grew up in Mankato, graduated in chemistry from UMD in 1982, received a PhD Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1986, and spent 25 years in R&D at DuPont.
Future lunches: February 17, student awards May 3
SME Night at Ballpark: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 7:10 pm against Seattle Mariners; Great Clips Great Seats section - gonna be great!
The Twin Cities Subsection of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration partnered with the American Institute of Professional Geologists Minnesota Section for a 1-day conference and an optional 1-day field trip. The conference highlighted some of the Twin Cities' most notable industrial and mining sites including the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) and the UMore Mining Area (UMA) located in UMore Park.
Thanks to everyone for making the October 4-5, 2016 SME Twin Cities Annual Conference and tour - which we proudly hosted with the Minnesota Section of the American Institute for Professional Geologists - such a success! Here we are, touring the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills:
May 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Dan Jones of UMN - Wednesday, May 4 – student awards lunch at the U Faculty Club, 1130 AM to 1 PM; featuring remarks by UMN Regent David McMillan & UMN President Eric Kaler
Topic: Dan will describe UMN research on bioremediation of mine waters, as well as his research on sulfate mitigation and microbial sulfur cycling on the Iron Range.
Speaker: Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D., Research Associate & Industry Liaison; UMN BioTechnology Institute & Dpt of Earth Sciences; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bio: Dan holds a Ph.D. from Penn State. He has interests in geomicrobiology, and has studied microbial processes in caves, marine sediments, and acidic mine drainage. He is studying microbial sulfur cycling in mining-impacted environments in MN, and developing bioremediation strategies for mine waters.
February 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Patricio Vergara of Twin Metals - Thursday, February 18, 2016, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PMSpeaker: Patricio Vergara, Director of Mining, Twin Metals Minnesota
Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM) is a mining company focused on developing and operating an underground copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold and silver mining project in the Iron Range region of northeast Minnesota. The TMM project will comprise of an underground mine, surface concentrator and tailings storage facility. The presentation will review relevant geotechnical, mine design and mine operational considerations, and decisions taken to select the most suitable mining method, productivity and cost criteria in the design, expandability and automation possibilities.
January 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Brad Moore of PolyMet - Thursday, January 21, 2016, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Brad Moore, Executive Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs, PolyMet Mining, Inc.
November 2015 Luncheon – Overview of the Geology and Mineral Potential of the Duluth Complex
Thanks to everyone for making the August 17-20, 2015 SME Twin Cities Annual Conference and tours, featuring the 51st Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, such a success! Here we are, touring a historic silica sand mine in St Paul:
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2016 SME Twin Cities Student Awards Luncheon
On May 4, 2016, UMN President Eric Kaler provided remarks, and UMN Regent David McMillan presented UMN TC SME Student Chapter awards: the Don Yardley Award to Lee Werner: the Gene Pfleider Award to Emily Erhart; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Zack Eckstrom. Concurrently, the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is a National award. Congratulations, students!
What is the SME Twin Cities Subsection All About?
The SME Twin Cities Subsection facilitates networking, supports career development, and encourages positive, objective communication regarding the significant role that mining plays in our society.
Want to Become a Member?
SME Twin Cities Members pay $10 per year and obtain a $5 discount off of each luncheon fee. Our membership year begins October 1, and payments may be made when you register for lunch.
60 Minutes Rare Earths
Modern Mining - How Eagle Mine produces nickel and copper
SME Minerals Education Coalition (SME MEC)
Video: Is Mining Important
Video: Iron in our Electrical World
Video: It Starts Here
Paper: Population and resource growth rates 1946 to 2010
PowerPoint: Importance of Mining K-12 version
Document: K-12 version Teacher Notes
PowerPoint: Importance of Mining
PowerPoint: Human Dependence on Mining
PowerPoint: Is Mining Important
Public Awareness Campaign Card
Officers and Directors
Chair: Bethany Kelly
Vice Chair: Louis Rudnicki
Secretary-Treasurer: Stacey Larsen
Past Chair: Greg Beckstrom
Director: Larry Kramka
Director: Dennis Martin
Director: Ken Reid
Director: Lee Petersen
Director: Harvey Thorleifson
SME Minnesota Section
SME Northern Minnesota Subsection
SME Twin Cities/AIPG Annual Conference
October 4-5, 2016, Met
Golden Valley MN
August 18, 2015 – SME Twin Cities Annual Conference, featuring the 51st Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals; with Pre- and post- conference Field Trips the week of August 17, 2015
SME Twin Cities/Wisconsin Annual Conference
October 7-8, 2014, Plaza Hotel
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
2013 SME Twin Cities Annual Conference
Tuesday September 17, 2013
The conference focused on Silica Sand & Construction Aggregate Resources of the Upper Midwest. It was presented by the SME Twin Cities Chapter in cooperation with the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota
2012 Conference on Silica Sand Resources
October 1-3, 2012
SME Twin Cities Subsection 2011 Annual Conference
Holiday Inn Metrodome, Minneapolis; Thursday, October 27th, 2011
Past Guest Speaker Luncheons
Luncheon: May 6, 2015 - Student Awards Luncheon
Speaker: Jennifer Engstrom, MN DNR
Topic: Environmental Review & Permitting of Mining in MN
Luncheon: March 26, 2015
Speaker: Dean Rossell, Rio Tinto
Topic: Tamarack Update
Luncheon: February 19, 2015
Speaker: Patrick Huston, P.E., MnDOT
Topic: Highway 53 Relocation: Who, why, where, what and what next
Luncheon: January 15, 2015
Speaker: Joe Henderson, Program Manager, Mine Permitting and Coordination Section; MN DNR
Topic: Coordination of Mine Permitting in MN
Luncheon: November 20, 2014
Speakers: Heather Barnum and Emily Hyland, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Topic: Don't let crisis planning slide: Rio Tinto Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide
Luncheon: May 7th, 2014
Speaker: Professor Charles Fairhurst, UMN
Topic: Earth Resources Engineering
Luncheon: January 16th, 2014
Speaker: Nicole Hoffman, Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM)
Topic: Geology and mineralogy of the TMM Maturi deposit
Luncheon: November 21, 2013
Speaker: Brad Moore, PolyMet Mining
Topic: NorthMet project update
Luncheon: February 7, 2013
Speaker: Dennis Martin, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals
Topic: Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Exploration Activities 1966 through 2011
Luncheon: December 6, 2012
Speaker: James Gusek, Golder Associates
Topic: Innovative Methods for Mitigating Acid Rock Drainage