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 | Hyatt Regency Phoenix Ellis

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.

Executive Sponsors: National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and Vulcan Materials
Title Sponsors: Luck Stone Corp, Martin Marietta and Lehigh Hanson
Supporting Sponsors: Carter Machinery, Cedar Mountain Stone, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Glacier Resource Estimation Group and Granite Construction

Basic Sponsors: Jennifer Leinart, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Tema Isenmann, Inc.


SME 2020 Student Engagement Breakfast

Sunday, Feb 23. | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Phoenix Convention Center North 221

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 vandervoort@smenet.org for more information.

Sponsored by: Freeport-McMoRan



SME 2020 Student Forum & Engagement Lunch

Sunday, Feb 23. | Noon – 1:30 pm | Phoenix Convention Center North 222

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  | Phoenix Convention Center North Hall 4-6

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


MENTOR MEETING PLACE

Sunday, Feb 23. | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Phoenix Convention Center North 229

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.

 


 

Komatsu/SME Student & Professor Reception

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Phoenix Atrium

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 SME Student Networking Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Hyatt Regency Phoenix Atrium

Wanted: Prospective Mining Professionals at the Freeport-McMoRan Round Up.
Students and Faculty are invited to join Freeport-McMoRan 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