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Ron In the May 2022 issue of Mining Engineering, I discussed the continuing efforts by SME to provide members with more opportunities for professional growth and development. Fulfilling this effort is a key component of what SME is all about, and efforts to support professional development and growth are always ongoing. SME offers an expanding array of opportunities, including a variety of webinars, numerous publications and technical presentations and workshops at the MINEXCHANGE SME Annual Conference & Expo. In the past, this has also included mine tours where appropriate. Regarding MINEXCHANGE, all SME Divisions develop programs with multiple sessions consisting of presentations delivered at the annual conference that cover a variety of topics specific to each division. In my May comments, I specifically discussed the geology component in the Mining & Exploration Division programming, and although robust in many topics, exploration and economic related geology presentations had been declining in recent years. This has resulted in a decline in participation by our members who are active in that specialty in this important area of our business. Given the importance of this topic broadly to our Society and specifically to mining, I wanted to reinvigorate opportunities for professional development and growth in this area.
I’sm pleased and excited to report that after much discussion, SME and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU ...
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