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The 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of mining engineering. Featuring a wide variety of technical sessions and speakers, combined with an expansive exhibit hall, this will be a professional event you will truly enjoy and remember!


This is a four-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day technical session program that attracts thousands of mining professionals from around the world. The SME Annual Conferences are widely recognized as the most distinguished forum for the publication of multidisciplinary mining research. In addition to the leading-edge technical program, the conference's expansive exhibit hall provides close-up views of the latest in mining technology and innovations, allowing our attendees to have hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration with leading industry vendors.

The future of mining resides in the next generation of engineering and mining professionals with an integrated student-focused program, allowing students from around the world to interact with the world's most innovative technology and accomplished mining professionals. The conference hosts several student specific activities, functions, and socials to encourage personal and professional growth.

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Expansive Exhibit Hall

Get ready! The Exhibit Hall is set to feature some of the biggest names in the mining industry today. Get a first-hand look at new products, comprehensive services and integrated solutions offered by our exhibitors. With more than 550 exhibiting companies, our show floor will provide you with the opportunity to meet more industry vendors than any other industry conference. For a complete list of exhibitors, visit our Exhibitor Directory.

Educational Technical Sessions

Hear from the brightest minds in the mining industry today. Technical sessions focus on the topics and trends that matter most to you. Learn more about the technical sessions offered and view the complete list of hot topics at Technical Sessions.

Exciting Field Trips

Plan to take advantage of our engaging off-site field trips. Featuring some of the top mining projects in the Midwest, these field trips will offer you an inside look at the practices being used by some of the most successful projects to date. Visit Field Trips to learn more.

SME Bookstore

Browse a wide variety of technical publications on current and trending industry topics. From mine safety to structural design, our bookstore is sure to have what you are looking for to expand your knowledge base and gain actionable insight. Don't have time to visit our store on-site? Visit our bookstore online and see all of our available publications.

Networking Functions

Mix and mingle with mining professionals and some of the leading educators, innovators and experts in the mining industry today. With a variety of fun and engaging networking functions, you will be able to expand your professional network and make new, lasting impressions. Visit Functions to learn more.

Variety of Short Courses

If you are looking ways to continue your education, take advantage of our 1-day and 2-day short courses. Offering a complete educational experience, these short courses cover the latest topics in mining technology, practices and innovation. Member, Nonmember and Student pricing are available. Visit Short Courses to learn more about the courses being offered.