Building Bridges between Wildcats and the Mining Community through Education and Outreach



The mission of the Chapter is to build a reputation upon respect, integrity, and professionalism while promoting awareness in the fields of mining, metallurgy and exploration through education and direct exposure to mining practices, equipment, sustainability and safety.



This coming academic year (2017-2018) the student chapter has many goals it plans to accomplish. With the help of chapter members, faculty and industry professionals many of those goals will be more than attainable.

Fundraise for 2018 sme annual expo & conference

This years conference will be held in Minneapolis. The goal is to have every student be able to attend the conference at the lowest cost possible.

targeted outreach

The SME Student Chapter and the MGE Department are looking for aspiring young engineers, geologists and metallurgists to join the Chapter and make a positive impact in their future careers.

more professional development

Securing an internship should be on the minds of students whenever its time for applying. The Chapter will provide professional assistance for members including: resume resources, mock interviews and networking.

Fundraise for SME competition teams

The SME/NSSGA Mine Design Team will need all the help it can get to get a team of 12 to the finals in Minneapolis. Also, the Intercollegiate Mining Games Team will need help in funding its travel to England for this years competition.


“This year, with the help of everyone, the Chapter will accomplish all of its goals.”

Miguel angel pugmire  |  president



Bylaws outline an organization’s internal operating rules. This important document defines the size of the board and how it functions, roles and duties of members and officers, rules and procedures for holding meetings, nomination and election procedures and other essential governance matters. The Executive Board reviews the bylaws periodically and amends them as SME evolves. Any proposed changes must go through SME National, SME Tucson Section and the UA Engineering Student Council (ESC). The parent and local organizations after careful review, then makes its recommendations to the UA SME Student Chapter for a vote of approval.


Member of the Month (September)

Congratulations Will for being the UA SME member of the month!

Congratulations Will for being the UA SME member of the month!


Will Ward

Will is a sophomore at the University of Arizona, majoring in Geomechanics from the Department of Mining & Geological Engineering. He hails from Anchorage, Alaska. A passion to work underground and love for traveling brought him to mining. He has benefited tremendously from being an active member of our student chapter. With the help of our mock interviews and CV review sessions, he was able to secure a summer internship in 2018. He is also working along with us to find and post such opportunities online for his peers as well.

The SME University of Arizona student chapter recognizes him for his participation and help and wishes him all the best for his internship!