Student Educator

Networking & Development Opportunities for Students/Educators

As part of SME's long standing commitment to the Students and Educators in the mining industry, we have developed a program specifically geared to provide you with a conference experience that will not only inspire you in your studies, but an experience that can open the doors to future prospects.

Mentor Meeting Place

Sunday, Feb 23. | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 2020 Mentor Meeting Place will once again assign mentors/mentees onsite. We will have tables set up identifying the following disciplines: Metallurgical, Mining, Geological, Materials, Coal, Environmental, Health & Safety and Under Ground Construction.

Mentors: Experienced professionals - There are mentees out there that want your guidance and as an industry we need to mentor the next generation so they are ready to take on mining’s challenges.

Mentees: Make yourselves known through SME so mentors can find you. If you’re open, these mentors will find you. The knowledge and experience they can pass on to you will help you advance in your field

SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition (Final Presentations)

Sunday, Feb 23. | 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

The SME/NSSGA Student Design competition is a two-phase, team-based problem involving a technical design and an oral presentation. The technical design takes place during the first semester of the school year on each team's campus. It is designed to simulate an engineering project prepared by an engineering group for a company. Past problems have highlighted the challenges of mine planning, plant design, reserve modeling, and feasibility analysis.

Title Sponsors: The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Vulcan Materials, Luck Stone Corp, Martin Marietta and Lehigh Hanson

Supporting Sponsors: Carter Machinery, Cedar Mountain Stone, Glacier Resource Estimation Group,
Granite Construction, Tema Isenmann Inc., New Enterprise Stone and Lime and Civil & Environmental Consultants

SME 2020 Student Engagement Breakfast

Sunday, Feb 23. | 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Student Engagement Breakfast was created in 2016 to increase student involvement with industry leaders. The breakfast is sponsored annually by mining companies to showcase emerging technology and innovation. This breakfast gives students the unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn special insight into new technologies used in the mining industry today. All student attendees are invited to the breakfast. Contact Mona Vandervoort at for more information.

Sponsored by: Freeport-McMoran

SME 2020 Student Forum & Engagement Lunch

Sunday, Feb 23. | Noon – 1:30 pm

Join us for an exciting lunch and interactive program hosted by Newmont. Network with executives and engineers from Newmont and celebrate with your peers as we announce the winner of the SME Outstanding Student Chapter Contest, the Student Chapter MEC Award, and the 2020 Student Membership Challenge winner.

Sponsored by: Newmont

SME Graduate Student Research Poster Contest

Sunday, Feb. 23 – Tuesday, Feb. 25

The contest provides an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges.

Sponsored by: Caterpillar

Komatsu/SME Student & Professor Reception

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Feeling lucky? Here’s the deal.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the mining industry. Take a chance and join Komatsu for an evening of friends, food and fun at Casino Night, while discovering a global company that can expand your horizons. There’s no bad luck as you try your hand at poker, roulette, blackjack and more. All in.

Sponsored by: Komatsu

Freeport-McMoRan Student Networking Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wanted: Prospective Mining Professionals at the Freeport-McMoRan Round Up

Join Freeport-McMoRan industry professionals for a fun evening of networking and learning about careers in mining. We’ll have an Old West Comedy Show, food, raffle prizes, a photo booth, caricature artists and more. Yee-haw!

Sponsored by:Freeport-McMoran