SME receives grant from AIME
The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) has approved a $1 million grant to its member Societies, which include SME, to mitigate the negative impact on Society operations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. AIME’s four member Societies include SME and three other associations: the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). The grant will be divided equally among the four groups.
“SME is grateful to AIME for its generous donation to each of the Member Societies as we all try to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SME Executive Director David Kanagy. “The timeliness of this gift is particularly helpful as SME has eliminated much of its face-to-face programming during the pandemic to comply with state and local laws,” he added.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to the association community, including the disruption of convening people for knowledge sharing and networking,” said George Luxbacher, AIME president and 2008 SME President. “All have had to pivot to new ways of delivering member value, some requiring significant new resources. AIME hopes that this increased support will ease the transition.”
For SME, delivering member value in the past year has included providing meaningful virtual conferences with timely technical sessions and live keynotes, a redesigned website, pertinent webinars and much more. “This gift will assist SME in maintaining its programs that support member benefits and the mining community,” Kanagy said. “SME will invest this gift into member programming that provides value to all activities within the Society designed to deliver products and services to all members.”