SME Twin Cities Subsection

2018 SME Student Awards Luncheon
On May 2, 2018, UMN Dean of Science and Engineering Mos Kaveh provided remarks, Chad Freeland of Cleveland-Cliffs represented SME MN, 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
Lee Werner
; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Ryan Erhart. Concurrently, the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is a National award. Congratulations, students!

SME National Convention in Minneapolis - what a success!


The 2018 SME Twin Cities Student Awards luncheon featured speaker Mark Jirsa of UMN - Wednesday, May 2, 2018, University of Minnesota Campus Club, 403 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis MN 55455, 1130 AM to 1 PM
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Speaker: Mark Jirsa, Minnesota Geological Survey, UMN

Topic: State of Geologic Mapping in Minnesota

Bio:
Mark Jirsa has been a geologist with the Minnesota Geological Survey at the University of Minnesota since 1976. He obtained a BS degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and an MSc at University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is author/coauthor of more than 100 maps, publications, and abstracts.



The January 2018 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Brad Moore of PolyMet - Thursday, January 18, 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:
Polymet Mining: NorthMet Project 2018 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.


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

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 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 PM

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, were held on October 12 and November 16th, 2017, as well as on January 18th, 2018. SME National was in Minneapolis on February 25-28. The 2018 Student Awards Luncheon at the U is planned for May 2, and the ball game is June 19. Next fall, the 2018 SME TC Conference will be October 2nd, lunches next winter will be November 15, 2018, as well as January 17, February 21, and May 1, 2019, and the SME 2019 Duluth Conference will be April 15-17.


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

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!




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SME TC Night at the Ballpark will be … Twins vs. Red Sox! … Tuesday, June 19th, 7:10pm  … 42 tickets on hold in the Great Clips mingling section  …  $10 concessions preloaded onto your ticket  … Please mark your calendar!

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What a team! We did a great job at the Convention!




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. Our membership year begins October 1, and payments may be made when you register for lunch.
 


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:



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