March 2021
Volume 73    Issue 3

AIME's progress over its first 50 meeting: 1871-1888

Mining Engineering , 2021, Vol. 73, No. 3, pp. 36-36
Luxbacher, George


When the 23 founding members of the American Institute of Mining Engineers (the “Institute”) assembled in Wilkes-Barre in 1871, little did they know that in 1888, just 17 years later, they would accomplish a milestone of 50 meetings. Those first 50 meetings, usually three per year at a time when travel was not a simple undertaking (railroads and horse-drawn carriages), deserve recognition because they set a fledging organization on its path for success, recognized 150 years later through the thriving continuing operations of the four Member Societies of the Institute. The meetings were critical in producing the content necessary for the future growth of both the profession and the Institute as reflected in the increasing membership as shown in Fig. 1. Each year, one of those meetings was designated the Annual Meeting and included a business meeting including the election of officers. SME’s sister society, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), to this day numbers their yearly meeting based on the Institute’s Annual Meetings, hence their 150th meeting will take place virtually this year.

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