SME Southern Minnesota Subsection

Save the date! Southern Minnesota Subsection of SME (formerly Twin Cities Subsection) Annual Conference - Minnesota Mining Update

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Metropolitan Ballroom - Minneapolis, MN

Please join SME National President William “Bill” Edgerton and the regional professional community for a comprehensive day of Minnesota mining-related activity updates.

Following the opening session, four themed sessions, each concluding with a panel discussion, will address a number of topics relevant to the current status of Minnesota’s mining community.  

Session 1: Policy
Session 2: Industry Updates
Session 3: Project Updates
Session 4: Sustainability

Conference Presenters

  • Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, Mining Minnesota, Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, U of MN
  • Vermillion Gold, Talon, American Peat Technology
  • Big Rock Exploration, LK Geosciences, Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

Conference Topics:

  • Role of current administration relative to the mining industry
  • Mine permitting including water and state tribal policy
  • Status of the iron ore industry
  • Status of existing and future nonferrous projects in Minnesota
  • Current industrial minerals production
  • Sustainability projects

Who Should Attend:

  • Mining professionals
  • Environmental and engineering consultants
  • Exploration companies
  • Mine owners
  • Local, county and state government officials
  • Attorneys
  • Students and academics
  • Businesses and services associated with the mining industry

Stay tuned for more information…website coming soon!

The 2021 SME Student Chapter awards, sponsored by SME MN & SME TC, were presented to three deserving recipients: Jonathan Full, Madison Wieczorek, and Lydia Wilimitis. Congratulations, students!

Ball game! - June 21, 2021, 7 PM

The November 2019 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured speakers Bethany Kelly and Omid Mohseni of Barr Engineering; Thursday, November 21, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speakers: Bethany Kelly and Omid Mohseni, Barr Engineering

Topic: Managing the Risks of Tailings Basins

Bios: Bethany Kelly joined Barr in 2007, after graduating from Montana Tech with a master’s degree in geological engineering.  She is a senior geotechnical engineer, working on dams and related work. Omid Mohseni is a senior water resources engineer, working in hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and modeling of watersheds, rivers,
hydraulic structures, stormwater, and lakes.

The January 2020 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured speaker David Ulrich, who presented a Twin Metals update; Thursday, January 16, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speaker: David Ulrich, Twin Metals

Topic: Twin Metals Update - a discussion of the mine plan recently submitted to state and federal regulators, and other technical aspects of the project.

Bio: David Ulrich, a Minnesotan with 40 years of leadership experience, joined Twin Metals Minnesota at its inception, working in workforce development, and now in communications. He lives in Minneapolis and enjoys time at the cabin.

The February 2020 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured speaker Brad Moore, who will present a PolyMet update; Thursday, February 20, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speaker: Brad Moore, PolyMet

Topic: PolyMet Update

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.

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!

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.

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.

Want to Become a Member?

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

Officers and Directors
Chair: Margaret Durenberger
Vice Chair: Leif Johnson
Secretary-Treasurer: Lee Petersen
Past Chair: Louis Rudnicki

Director: Brian Anderson
Director: Heather Arends
Director: Courtnay Bot
Director: Avi Lang
Director: Amy Radakovich Block

SME Minnesota Section
SME Northern Minnesota Subsection

Educational Resources:

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!