Jun 11, 2014 --  Joe Bardswich, Northern Vertex Mining Corp.
  • Join us on Jun 11th when Joe Bardswich, Project Manager at Northern Vertex Mining Corp, presents Exploration, Permitting, & Mine Design, Moss Gold Mine Project. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor Turner Laboratories. More...
May 14, 2014 --  Arizona Rock Products Industry
  • Join us on May 14th when Steve Trussell, Executive Director of the Arizona Rock Products Association, and Eric J Mears, R.G., Vice President Haley & Aldrich, join us to discuss the Arizona rock products industry. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor Independent Mining Consultants. More...
Apr. 12, 2014 -- U of A SME Operators' BBQ
  • The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter will be hosting its annual Operator's BBQ at the San Xavier Mining Laboratory on Saturday April 12. More...

Mar. 12, 2014 --  Tom Goodell, Resolution Copper
  • Join us on March 12th as Tom Goodell, General Manager at Resolution Copper, gives us an update on the development of their Number 10 Shaft, part of their Underground Exploration Project. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor MintecMore...
Feb. 12, 2014 --  Steve Winkleman, Pinto Valley
  • Join us on February 12th as Steve Winkleman, formerly Capstone Mining Corp's VP of North American Operations and now Mine General Manager at Pinto Valley, gives us an update on Pinto Valley. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor MintecMore...
Jan. 8, 2014 --  Volker Spieth, VS.Globalmetal
  • Join us on January 8th as Volker Spieth, president at VS.Globalmetal, talks about the geometallurgy, exploration, and mining of the Central European Cu-Ag-Au Belt. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor Empire SouthwestMore...     
Dec. 2, 2013 --  Keith Everett Staley

Keith Everett Staley, age 100, passed away early morning Tuesday, November 19, 2013 with his daughter by his side. He was born on January 13, 1913 in Colorado, grew up in Clayton New Mexico but returned to Colorado to graduate from the Colorado School of Mines.

Preceded in death by his wife Frances E. Staley and son George Staley. Survived by daughters Cecilia ( Cindy) Pfeiffer, Alex Martin; sons Richard and Douglas Staley and multiple grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He was a "man of service". Service to his country serving in WWII Army Corp of Engineers. Service to the state of Arizona as a pioneer in the copper mining industry. His copper mining career spanned 40 years starting in 1937 with the opening of Phelps Dodge, Morenci, AZ to thirty years with Magma/Newmont Mining Co. He retired as General Manager of San Manuel copper mine - one of the largest copper mines in the world.

Services to his community started with 15 years of teaching lapidary at the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club in Tucson to founding the Sun City Oro Valley Vistoso Silver & Lapidary Club in 1986. He continued to work silver, cut rocks, and design jewelry to the end.

He was a mentor, teacher, and friend to many and a "remarkable man".

Nov. 13, 2013 --  Marian LaLonde, "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure"
  • Tucson attorney Marian LaLonde present "An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure." We would like to thank our meeting sponsor Major Drilling GroupMore...
Fall 2013 Scholarship Online Applications are Open!
  • Application for Fall 2013 Tucson SME scholarships are open!  The deadline to apply is 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. Apply online today!
Oct. 12, 2013 --  Fundraiser Party at Savoy Opera House

Thank you to our generous scholarship sponsors! 










Sep. 11, 2013 --  Dr. Momayez, UA Mining and Geological Eng. Dept.
  • Dr. Momayez, Associate Department Head of The University of Arizona Mining and Geological Engineering Department, presents MGE 2020: New Students, New Projects and New Pathways to Growth.  We would like to thank our meeting sponsor SOLDATA INC.  More...

Aug 14, 2013 --  Newgold Mesquite Mine
  • UA Mining Alumni Will Werner and Matt Bradford present "Implementation of Systems Towards Restarting the Newgold Mesquite Mine Imperial County, California from 2008 to Present" We would like to thank our meeting sponsorIndependent Mining Consultants.  More...

June 12, 2013 -- Redhawk Resources Copper Creek Project 
  • Join us this 12th of June as Redhawk Resources presents an update on the Copper Creek Project. We would like to thank our meeting sponsor Meridian Contracting.  More...

May 8, 2013 -- Monrad Engineering  
  • Christian Monrad, P.E. Principal and Vice President ofMonrad Engineering presents, "LED Lighting for Operational Safety, Visual Comfort and Optimal Total Cost of Ownership in Mining Operations" Chris is designing the light for Rosemont Copper as well as other mining projects.  We would like to thank our dinner sponsor Rummel Construction.  More...

Apr. 14, 2013 -- SME Operator's BBQ at UA's San Xavier Mining Lab
  • The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter will be hosting its annual Tucson SME Operator's BBQ at the San Xavier Mining Laboratory on Sunday April 14.  The Spring 2013 Student Scholarships will be awarded during the BBQ. More...

Mar. 13, 2013 -- Spring Scholarship Applications are open
  • Spring 2013 Scholarships applications are now open. Students pursuing degrees related to mining from the UA and PCC/UA are eligible.  Undergrad and graduate students are encouraged to apply.  Deadline to apply is March 30. Read more and apply today.

Mar. 13, 2013 -- Erich Smidt, Guardvant, Inc.
  • Erich Smidt, Director of Sales and Marketing at Guardvant, Inc., will present One Small Step to Autonomy and One Giant Leap for Safety and Productivity: Haul Truck Operator Alertness Monitoring & Proximity Awareness Technology.  The presentation will discuss the latest technology and management approaches to proximity detection and operator fatigue that set the stage for semi-autonomous systems and that address two leading causes of mining accidents involving mobile equipment: operator fatigue and blind spots around the machines.  Big thanks to our meeting sponsor Geotemps.  More...

Feb. 13, 2013 -- David Beling, Bullfrog Gold Corp's AZ & NV Projects
  • Join us as David Beling, President and CEO of Bullfrog Gold, discusses Bullfrog Gold and projects.  Bullfrog Gold Corp. is a US based gold and silver exploration company with large prospective properties within prolific mining districts of Nevada and Arizona.  Big thanks to our meeting sponsor SRK Consulting.  More...

Feb. 8, 2013 -- Dr. Wilson
Terril Edward Wilson, PE, PhD
1937 - 2013
Dr. Wilson, or "Ted" as he liked to be called, was truly one of a kind.  An active, engaging soul, explorer, mining engineer, professor, and dear friend.

More on Dr. Wilson here...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • SME Tucson wants to thank everyone for your support this year, and want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year!  Safe travels to everyone during this holiday season, enjoy your family and friends, and see you all next year!

Jan. 9, 2013 -- ASARCO Hayden Anode Furnace Update
  • Kevin McPeak, Asarco Hayden Engineering manager;  Alberto Fernandez, Asarco Hayden Senior Metallurgical Engineer;  and Matt Russell, Senior Process Engineer for Gas Cleaning Technologies (GCT) will discuss  upgrades to the Hayden Anode furnace, resulting in reduced emissions and potential natural gas savings.  Big thanks to our meeting sponsor ASARCO LLC. More...

Dec. 2-3, 2012 -- SME 2012 Arizona Conference
  • The 2012 Arizona Conference will be hosted by the SME national organization.  For information, schedule, or to register, check out their webpage. More...

Nov. 14, 2012 -- Kevin Francis, Oracle Ridge Copper Project
  • Kevin Francis, VP Technical Services, discusses the Oracle Ridge Copper Project.  More...

Oct. 14, 2012 -- $22,500 Awarded to 18 U of A Mining Students
  • Thank you very much to everyone that came out to the Savoy Opera House last night and showed your support!  This year's event was a great success once again, thanks to your generosity.  This semester, a total of $22,500 was awarded to 18 mining students at the University of Arizona; more scholarships will be awarded in the Spring 2013 semester.
  • Thank you to this year's sponsors who made our 2012-2013 scholarships possible:

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Special thanks to National EWP for hosting the bar at the fundraiser dinner, Montgomery & Associates for event signage, and Cirrus Visual Communication for the sponsor banner stand.

Oct. 13, 2012 -- Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
  • Put on your best boots and hat and join us on Saturday, October 13 at the Savoy Opera House.  There will be live music by Beau Renfro and the Clear Country Band!  More...

Sep. 12, 2012 -- Chris Pascoe, Resolution Copper
  • Chris Pascoe joins us to provide an update on the Resolution Copper project.  Thank you to our meeting sponsor Rosemont Copper.  More...     

Aug. 8, 2012 -- Dan Eyde, From Feedlots to Fukushima
  • Dan Eyde presents "From Feedlots to Fukushima - Natural Zeolites, St. Cloud's Versatile Industrial Material." Thank you to our meeting sponsor Empire Southwest.  More... 

Reminder: No July dinner meeting.  See you August 8th!

Jun. 13, 2012 -- Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry

Apr. 7, 2012 -- SME Operator's BBQ at UA's San Xavier Mining Lab
  • The University of Arizona SME Student Chapter will be hosting its annual Tucson SME Operator's BBQ at the San Xavier Mining Laboratory this April 7.  The Spring 2012 Student Scholarships will be awarded during the BBQ.  More... 

Mar. 25, 2012 -- Spring 2012 Scholarship Applications Due
  • Applications are now open for Spring 2012 scholarships. Be sure to pass this link to UA mining students in your network, including interns: www.smetucson.org/scholarships
Mar. 14, 2012 -- Dale Ortman, Reclamation at Asarco Mission
  • Dale Ortman discusses the reclamation of tailings and waste rock at Asarco's Mission Mine.  Thank you to meeting sponsor  MHF Services.  More...  
Feb. 18, 2012 -- 2012 Engineers Week Mall Day
  • SME volunteers Eben Robinson (and daughter), Larry Dykers, Dianne Archer, and Rob Pratt (and daughter Lucy) spent the day at the Foothills Mall on Saturday February 18, discussing mining engineering with mall patrons. Engineers from several disciplines gathered at the mall, in celebration of Engineers Week, to talk about engineering with the general public.  SME's booth with educational displays regarding mining engineering was well received by those that stopped by for a visit. 

Feb. 8, 2012 -- Hall Stewart, VP Exploration of Commonwealth Silver
  • Hall Stewart from Commonwealth Silver, discusses the Commonwealth Silver-Gold Epithermal Deposit in Cochise County.  Thank you to meeting sponsor Turner Laboratories Inc.  More...
Jan. 11, 2012 -- Bev Everson, USFS, on Rosemont Copper DEIS
  • Bev Everson from the USFS will discuss the alternatives development, selection and NEPA process regarding Rosemont Copper. Thank you to meeting sponsor Geotemps  More...
Jan. 5, 2012 --  2012 SME Tucson Bylaws
Oct. 23, 2011 -- New Section Board for 2011-2012
  • 2011-2012 Officers are Section Chair Rob Pratt, Call & Nicholas, Vice Chair Francisco Barrios, TetraTech, Secretary Stacy Henrich, EEC, and Treasurer Rachel Chavez, Rosemont Copper. Full Board...
Oct. 22-- $31,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 20 UA Mining Students
  • This year's fundraiser was a great success! On October 22, the Section awarded more than $31,000 in scholarships to 20 mining students at the UA, with more scholarships to be awarded in Spring 2012. Thank you to this year's sponsors who made our 2011-2012 scholarships possible:
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  • More information on our 20 scholarship recipients coming soon!

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