SME Twin Cities Subsection

October 8thMetropolitan Ballroom
Presentations from BLM, DNR, Freshwater Society, Itasca, Kraemer, MPCA, New Gold, PolyMet, UMN, UT Austin, Wenck, and more!

The 2019 SME TC Night at the Ballpark featured the Twins vs. Seattle Mariners - what a success!

2019 SME Student Awards Luncheon!
On May 1, 2019, UMN Dean of Science and Engineering Mos Kaveh provided remarks, and he presented SME Student Chapter awards, sponsored by SME MN & SME TC: the Don Yardley Award to Alicia Stone; the Gene Pfleider Award to Camryn Schmidt; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Sally Nguyen. Concurrently, the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is a National award. Shown here are the Dean, Sally, and SME TC Chair Louis Rudnicki. Congratulations, students!

Congratulations to Mining Professional of the Year Dave Johnson!

Minnesota scores at the SME 2019 National meeting in Denver! The MEC Partnership Appreciation Award was given to the Minnesota Museum of Mining. Accepting the award was Mary Bovitz from the museum.

The 2019 SME Twin Cities Student Awards luncheon featured speaker Nathan Mara of UMN Chemical Engineering - Wednesday, May 1, 2019, University of Minnesota Campus Club, 403 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55455, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speaker:  Nathan A. Mara, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Topic:  Damage-tolerant nanomaterials: structural stability under extreme conditions

Bio: Dr. Mara joined UMN in 2017, after having played leadership roles in materials science and nanoscale electronics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research is on nanoscale microstructure and mechanical behavior of materials in extreme environments.

The February 2019 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Glenn Barr of Twin Metals - Thursday, February 21, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Glenn Barr, Director of Engineering at Twin Metals Minnesota LLC

Topic: Twin Metals Minnesota - Project Technical Overview and Conceptual Project Configuration
Bio: Glenn has worked for TMM since 2011, first as Director of Processing and then Director of Engineering. Before that, he worked for 3 years for consulting firm Stantec as a mining sector Senior Specialist, and prior to that, 11 years with Teck Resources as a metallurgist and senior project leader.

The 2019 SME Twin Cities Conference will be held October 8th. Luncheons at Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM, will be held Nov 21, 2019, and on January 16 and February 2020, 2020. SME National will be in Phoenix, February 23-26, 2020. The 2020 SME Duluth Conference will be held in April. The SME TC Student Awards luncheon will be held at the U on May 6, 2020. We will plan to hold SME night at the Twins again next June.

See you at the GeoCongress!

SME 2018 National Convention in Minneapolis - what an amazing success it was!

What a team! We did a great job at the 2018 National Convention in Minneapolis!

The January 2019 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Christie Kearney of PolyMet - Thursday, January 17, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Christie Kearney, Environmental Site Director, PolyMet Mining

Topic: Polymet Mining: NorthMet Project 2019 Update
Bio: Christie Kearney, P.E., is the Environmental Site Director at PolyMet Mining in Hoyt Lakes. She has been doing environmental permitting and engineering for 20 years, include 12 years on the PolyMet project.

The November 2018 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured speaker Derrick Dasenbrock of MnDOT; Wednesday, November 14, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Derrick Dasenbrock, MnDOT

Topic: The impact of land instability and landslides on Minnesota's roads and bridges

Bio: Derrick has been a geotechnical engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation since 1995, working in geotechnical exploration, lab testing, and field monitoring and instrumentation programs. He has a Bachelor's degree from the U of Maryland and a Masters degree from UMN.

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What is the SME Twin Cities Subsection All About?
The SME TC Subsection facilitates networking, supports career development, and encourages positive, objective communication regarding the significant role that mining plays in our society.

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SME Twin Cities Members pay $10 per year and obtain a $5 discount off of each luncheon fee.

Officers and Directors
Vice Chair: Margaret Durenberger
Secretary-Treasurer: Lee Petersen
Past Chair: Bethany Kelly
Director: Greg Beckstrom
Director: Chris Braaten
Director: Leif Johnson
Director: Mike Kunz
Director: Harvey Thorleifson

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Educational Resources:

Past SME Twin Cities Annual Conference web sites

For Dean Peterson's presentation on the Duluth Complex, please click here

Thanks to everyone for making the October 4-5, 2016 SME Twin Cities Conference and tour - which we proudly hosted with the MN 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:

Ken Reid has contributed immensely to the MN mining industry and profession over decades. He has retired from the SME TC Board, while continuing to contribute as much as ever. Thanks Ken!