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Robert Allen Metz -- (December 22, 1932 - June 12, 2020)

  • It's with heavy hearts that we announce that Robert A. Metz passed away on June 12, 2020.
  • Bob was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 22, 1932. He received his degree in Geological Engineering (Mining) from the Colorado School of Mine in 1955. 
  • Bob started his career in 1955 working for Kennecott Copper Corporation. Bob worked for Kennecott for 13 years (Chino Mines Division for 4 years and Ray Mines Division for 9 years). Bob went on to work for others companies like Duval Corporation, Phelps Dodge Mining Company,  and Battle Mountain Exploration Company. In 1992 Bob established R. A. Metz Associates and worked as a consultant for corporations in the Unites States, Latin America, and Australia.
  • Bob's memorial services will be announced at a later date.

    May 5th, 2020 -- J David Lowell (1928 - 2020)

    • It's with heavy hearts that we announce that J. David Lowell, 92, has passed away.
    • Dave was born on a ranch in Southern Arizona in 1928. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Mining Engineering in 1949, from Stanford University with an M.S. Geology in 1957, and was awarded the University of Arizona's Professional Engineer of Geology in 1959. Dave obtained honorary degrees from Universidad Nacional de San Marcos in Peru in 1998 and the University of Arizona in 2000.
    • Dave was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. He received the SME Daniel C. Jackling and Robert Dreyer Awards, the AIME Earl McConnell Award, the SEG Silver Medal and Penrose Gold Medal, and the MMSA Gold Medal. Lowell was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame on December 7, 2002 at the 20th Annual Banquet of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest.
    • Dave worked for more than 110 companies and governments from 1961 to 1990. See more here...

      April 16th, 2020 -- GCE 2020 Radar Monitoring - Short Course 

      • The Geotechnical Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona has gathered some of the leading industry professionals in the slope monitoring sector to develop a world-class radar monitoring short course. The course starts tomorrow! Please reach out to Gillian Noonan with any questions or to register!
      • Course Fee = $550
      • Student Course Fee = $195
      • UArizona MGE Department Students = FREE

      Mine Engineering Inputs to Integrated Planning - Short Course

      • This March the UA and FMI will be running a short course together, Mine Engineering Inputs to Integrated Planning. For details or to register, please contact Rocio Brambila at 
      • See flyer below:


      Arizona Geological Survey’s Releases: Arizona Mining Review e-video Magazine #50 (Blog)

      • Greg Hahn (VP at Arizona Silver Exploration) joined AZGS' Carson Richardson on the 50th broadcast of the Arizona Mining Review.

      • Greg and Carson chatted for 10-minutes about Arizona Silver's 3 Arizona mineral prospects and focused on the gold-silver Philadelphia-Arabian property in the Oatman Mining District of Mohave County. 

      • The Philadelphia-Arabian mine produced gold from about 1900 to the onset of World War II. It was shuttered during the war and never reopened. Greg and his partners reviewed mining data from the AZGS Mine Data website. They are confident that economic gold and silver deposits persist at the site.

      • To go directly to the AMR video:

      AZGS - Yavapai Geoscience Students at Bagdad Copper  Mine (Blog)

      • The next generation of geoscientists from Prescott’s Yavapai College on a field trip to Bagdad Copper Mine, Bagdad, Arizona. An invited blog post by Marlena Willoughby (GEM).

      AZGS Mining Data & Revisiting Sacaton Copper Mine (Blog)

      • Mining News! The Sacaton open pit copper mine was recently purchased by Elim Mining. ASARCO last operated the mine in 1984. Extensive documentation – geologic, geophysical and geochemical -  from AZGS Mining data site may have prompted Elim to act in renewing exploration at Sacaton.

        December 7th, 2019 --UA SME Student Chapter Diggers and Duffers

        • The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter is hosting their 24th Annual Diggers and Duffers Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this fundraising tournament will go towards the Chapter's travel expenses to the 2020 SME National Conference. Please go to their Eventbrite page for more information and to register.

        Short Course - Geological Inputs to Integrated Planning

        • The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources is offering the a short course , titled  "Geological Inputs to Integrated Planning". More information on this course below:

        AZGS Annual Impact on Arizona's Economy

        • A new economic impact report shows that the products and services of the Arizona Geological Survey (UA AZGS) contributed nearly $32 million to Arizona’s economy over the past year – a 34-fold return on the survey’s FY-2018 state allocation of $941,000.

          In Spring 2019, AZGS contracted with the Univ. of Arizona’s Eller School of Management graduate program to assess the annual contribution of our geologic products and services to Arizona’s economy. The results are in!

          For more details, see today’s Arizona Geology blog post, “UA Arizona Geological Survey Activities Help Power Arizona’s Economy “ .


        • Join us on July 10th at Barrio Brewing for our 6th Annual MineBLAST! The Young Miners of SME Arizona are putting together a charity raffle event and are looking for donations! More information on MineBLAST and the Young Miners Raffle below...

        Economic Impact Survey - Update

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        Visit the AZGS Site for interesting articles related to Geology in Arizona:

        • Open-File Report evaluating metals and industrial minerals of the newly designated Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area. Click HERE
        • Arizona Geology article on the next generation ofAZGS digital geologic maps. Click HERE

        March 29, 2019 -- Women in Mining Arizona Chapter Inaugural Event!

        • Women In Mining will be hosting their “Inaugural Event” on March 29th, 2019 5-7pm at the Hexagon Mining office in Tucson. 
        • More information on the event details can be found on the flyer attached. They will count with an excellent panel discussion of industry leaders: 
        • 1. David Rea, General Manager- Caterpillar 
        • 2. Katherine Arnold, Director of Environmental - Hudbay 
        • 3. Brittany Varela, Operations Manager - FMI 
        • Moderated by Brad Ross, Director IMR UA More information on the WIM AZ membership benefits, goals and strategic plan will be detailed at our Inaugural Event. 
        • Check out their website and social media platforms:

        March 6, 2019 -- 6th Annual Mining Day at the Capitol!

        • The Arizona Mining Association (AMA) along the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) are hosting the 6th Annual Mining Day at the Capitol. This event is an outstanding opportunity to network with legislatures, agency leadership, and mining member personnel. Participants of the event will learn more about mining’s positive impact on our great state and more! Contact if you would like to register for lunch ($20). Details below:

          August 25, 2018 -- Mine Out Your Closet!

          • The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter is looking for your help! We will be collecting gently used business and dress attire at our monthly dinner meetings. Help the future of mining look sharp and provide a boost of confidence! Details below...

          April 14, 2018 -- SME Arizona 2018 Field Trip

          • The SME Arizona 2018 Field Trip will take place on April 14!  Please contact Aaron Escamilla to make your reservations! Reservation deadline is March 30!

          April 4, 2018 -- Blasting Through Barriers: UA Builds Future of Mining With Varied Perspectives

          • As they earn degrees from the University of Arizona and put them to use, the men and women featured in this series of articles are defying expectations about who mining engineers are and what they do.

            Follow this series in the
            UA College of Engineering News page.

          March 26, 2018 -- Arizona Mining Review e-Video

          • On 26 March 2018, Arizona Mining’s Don Taylor, discoverer of the world-class Taylor zinc-lead-silver deposit in the Patagonia Mountains of southeastern Arizona, spoke with AZGS for the 44th episode of the Arizona Mining Review e-Video Magazine. You can view that 11-minute interview at our AZGS Youtube channel.

          SAVE THE DATE! -- 2017 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser 

          • Saturday, October 28th

            Watch your email and our website for details!

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            840 E 17th Street |Tucson, AZ 85719

            Contact us if you are interested in:

            Sponsoring Scholarships

            Assisting with Fundraising Efforts

            Event Preparation (Decorating, Set Up, Clean Up)

            Donating Door Prizes

            Volunteering on the Board of Directors


          February 19-22, 2017 -- 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference

          • There is still time to REGISTER for the largest mining conference in 2017! Join 6,500 industry professionals from across the world and share innovative ideas, best practices and cutting-edge research.

            In addition to the 120 technical sessions offered, you can network and experience the dozens of conference-sponsored events throughout the four-day conference: more information...

          February 10, 2017 -- Fifth Annual Mining Appreciation Event

          • Women in Mining, Celebrating a Journey of Success is hosted by the Southern Arizona Business Coalition (SABC). The event will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 and will acknowledge Arizona's history in mining and pioneer roles women held as prospectors, assayers, investors, and independent female mine owners. 

            For sponsorship opportunities contact Rick Grinnell (520-247-3268).

            Register HERE!

          January 8, 2017 -- Dr. James William White, 77

          • It's with heavy hearts that we announce that Dr. James William White, 77, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred on December 28, 2016. 

            Complete obituary here...

          December 4 - 5,  2016 -- SME Arizona Conferece

          • The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration is hosting their annual SME Arizona Conference. The SME Arizona Conference is a can't-miss regional conference that provides a great opportunity for collaboration and growth of the Mining Industry in the Southwest, specially Arizona.

            The SME Arizona Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa on December 4th and 5th. Also, The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter will be hosting their 21th Annual Diggers and Duffers Golf Tournament. For more information click here.

          October 28, 2016 --  11th Annual W.C. Lacy Distinguised Lectore

          • In honor of the distinguished career of the late Willard C. (Bill) Lacy, Ph.D., we are pleased to invite you to attend the Eleventh Annual Lacy Lecture. More information below:

          August 16, 2016 -- Dr. M. Lee Allison (1948 - 2016)

          • It's with heavy hearts that we announce that Dr. M. Lee Allison, State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, passed away Tuesday, August 16th, after suffering a critical head injury from a fall at his home on Saturday, August 13th. 

            Lee’s passing is a tragic loss for his wife, family, staff of the Arizona Geological Survey, the geologic and geoinformatics communities, and Lee’s broad circle of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances around the world. 

            There will not be a memorial service. Lee’s family has requested they not be contacted. Any messages of condolence can be addressed to AZGS (Arizona Geological Survey) team members who will pass them along to his family.

            Lee’s wife, Ann, suggested donations be made to the Association for Women Geoscientists/Salt Lake Chapter or to a scholarship fund that will be established at UMass to honor Lee.

          July 13, 2016 -- 3rd Annual MineBLAST

          • Join your mining friends at MineBLAST on July 13 at Barrio Brewing in Tucson. This informal summer mixer is co-hosted by SME Tucson and Young Miners of SME Arizona and all mining organizations are welcome to join us. Thank you to sponsors Schlumberger Water Service, McCraren Compliance and Hexagon Mining.  Click here for more info

          May 27, 2016 -- Michael R. Carter (October 27, 1944 - May 27, 2016)

          •  A native Idahoan, Mike Carter was born on October 27, 1944 in Boise, ID.  He went on to graduate from the University of Idaho in 1967. As a geologist, he traveled the world for the next 48 years, overseeing various mining operations from explorations to productions. From Armenia to South America, Arizona  to South Dakota and numerous other states, his skills and personality took him all over the map. Mining, fishing, and golf were his passions, his sharp wit will be missed. The family is working on his life history and has asked anyone who worked with Mike in Arizona or Nevada in the 70s and 80s  to contact them at (Zach) 205-253-5751 or (Bill) 208-860-0896.

          April 23, 2016 -- 2016 Annual Spring Meeting Field Trip

          • ASARCO, Silver Bell Mining will host SME Arizona's 2016 Annual Spring Meeting Field Trip on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at the ASARCO - Silver Bell Mine. More information here...

          February 10, 2016 -- Kalahari Copper Belt Development and Long-term Copper Market with Tim Snider

          • Tim Snider, Chairman of Cupric Canyon Capital and former President and COO of Phelps Dodge and Freeport-McMoRan, will present an overview of development in the Kalahari copper belt and address factors impacting the long-term copper market. Don't miss this informative presentation from third-generation miner and industry leader. Thank you to our dinner sponsor, Atlas CopcoMore...

          February 3, 2016 -- Know Any YOUNG Miners?

          • Know any young miners?Tell them about Young Miners of Arizona!  Initiated in 2015, this new Arizona SME group targets members with 15 years or less experience in the mining industry.  It is a great transition for newly graduated students and professionals to connect with their peer group.  Click the links below for more information! 


          January 13,  2016 -- Mine Tailing Drainage: A Bottoms Up Approach Using HDD Drilling and Installation Methods

          • David Bardsley, P.G. will present a case study of dewatering a tailings pond with unique challenges and conditions that could lead to a catastrophic toxic release. In this case, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection looked to horizontal wells to address their challenges. More information here...
          December 25,  2015 -- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
          • The Tucson SME Section would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Spend some quality time with your loved ones and please be safe!

          December 6 - 7,  2015 -- SME Arizona Conference

          • The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration is hosting their annual SME Arizona Conference. The SME Arizona Conference is a can't-miss regional conference that provides a great opportunity for collaboration and growth of the Mining Industry in the Southwest, specially Arizona.

            The SME Arizona Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa on December 6th and 7th. Also, The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter will be hosting their 20th Annual Diggers and Duffers Golf Tournament. For more information click here.

          Nov. 19, 2015 -- Arizona Historical Society - Mining Day Reception

          • SME Tucson Section invites you to attend the Arizona Historical Society Mining Day Reception on November 19, 2015 in Tempe, AZ. RSVP deadline is November 15. For more information click here.

          July 29, 2015 -- Scholarship Fundraiser Kicks Off

          • Every fall the SME Tucson Section partners with the mining community to sponsor scholarships to be awarded to students pursuing degrees in mining related fields at the University of Arizona.  Since 2010, the section has awarded more than 98 scholarships totaling more than $175,000. Support the next generation of mining talent and become a sponsor today! More...

          July 8, 2015 -- MineBLAST 2015 at Barrio Brewery

          • SME Tucson Section invites you to join your mining friends and hosting sponsors on July 8 from 6-9 p.m. at Barrio Brewing downtown for a casual, relaxing summer event. More...
          April 18, 2015 -- 2015 Annual SME Operators' BBQ
          • Please support the University of Arizona SME Student Chapter and sign up for their 2015 Annual SME Operators' BBQ! More information can be found here.

          Feb 15, 2015 -- 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo

          • We hope to see everyone at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver for the 2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo. Conference dates are February 15-18. Safe travels. Click here for more event information.

          Jan 1, 2015 -- Happy New Year!

          • The SME Tucson Section would like to THANK YOU for making 2014 a wonderful year and wish you nothing but the best in 2015!  

          SME Tucson's New LinkedIn Group

          • We now have a LinkedIn group specifically for the members of SME Tucson Section to network, share events and get to know one another better.  You can find our group by searching "SME Tucson".  If you would like to participate but aren't a member yet, there's no better time to join in than now! 

          Sep  10, 2014 -- Mike Humphries, Hudbay Minerals

          • Mike Humphries, Director of Engineering Studies, Hudbay Minerals, will introduce Hudbay Minerals, operations and projects and the acquisition of Rosemont Copper.

          Aug 13, 2014 --  Dr. Lee Allison, The Arizona Geological Survey                

          • Join us on August 13th when Dr. Lee Allison, Director at the Arizona Geological Survey, will be joining us and presenting Holbrooke Potash District. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor Geotemps. More...

          Jul 11, 2014 --  MineBLAST 2014! Eat, drink, and enjoy.

          • Join your mining colleagues poolside at the Sheraton Tucson for a casual, relaxing summer event. Members and friends of all mining groups -- AGS, AMIGOS, AMA, ARPA, MFSW, and others -- are welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend. Light appetizers provided. Ca$h bar. More...
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