SME Twin Cities Subsection

The November 2017 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Laurel Woodruff of USGS; Thursday, November 16, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 to 1

Speaker: Laurel Woodruff, US Geological Survey

Topic: Magmatic, tectonic, and metallogenic evolution of the Midcontinent Rift System, which hosts the Duluth Complex Cu-Ni-PGE deposits

Bio: Laurel Woodruff is a Research Geologist with the USGS. Previously, she ran the stable isotope lab at the Department of Geology at the University of Wisconsin. Her research has included volcanology, seafloor hydrothermal deposits, metallogeny of the Lake Superior region, mercury in the environment, and soil geochemistry. She obtained her geology degree from Michigan, her M.S. from Michigan Tech, and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.





The January 2018 SME Twin Cities luncheon will feature Brad Moore of PolyMet - Thursday, January 18, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM

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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.



The October 2017 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured speaker Kelsey Johnson of IMA; Thursday, October 12, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1



Speaker: Kelsey Johnson, President, Iron Mining Association of Minnesota

Topic: State of iron mining in Minnesota

Bio: Kelsey holds degrees in ethics and leadership from St. Catherine University.  Prior to joining IMA, she worked with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the MN Attorney General, the MN State House, and the MN State Senate. In addition to her IMA role, she has multiple additional roles related to MN mining. She grew up in rural NE MN.



SME Twin Cities luncheons at Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM, will be held on October 12 and November 16th, 2017, as well as on January 18th, 2018. SME National is in Minneapolis on February 25-28. The 2018 Student Awards Luncheon at the U is planned for May 2, and the 2018 SME TC Conference will be October 2nd.

2017 SME Student Awards Luncheon
On May 3, 2017, UMN Dean of Science and Engineering Sam Mukasa provided remarks, and UMN Regent David McMillan presented SME Student Chapter awards, sponsored by SME MN & SME TC: the Don Yardley Award to Caleb Widstrand; the Gene Pfleider Award to Emily Erhart &
Lee Werner
; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Ryan Erhart. Concurrently, the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is a National award. Congratulations, students!

MN was well-represented at the 2017 SME National in Denver!


The 2017 SME Twin Cities Student Awards luncheon featured 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.





The March 2017 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
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Paul Eberth, P.E., Project Director, Enbridge Energy Partners

Topic:
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.

The February 2017 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 2017 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.


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!



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.

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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.
 
 


Officers and Directors
Vice Chair: Stacey Larsen
Secretary-Treasurer: Lee Petersen
Past Chair: Bethany Kelly
Director: Greg Beckstrom
Director: Chris Braaten
Director: Larry Kramka
Director: Mike Kunz
Director: Harvey Thorleifson


Links:
SME
SME Minnesota Section
SME Northern Minnesota Subsection

Past SME Twin Cities Annual Conference web sites

For Dean Peterson's presentation on the Geology and Mineral Potential of the Duluth Complex, please click here


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:


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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