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About SME National

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's roots date back to 1871 when a handful of mining engineers founded AIME.


SME & The Student

The desirability of providing a place for the student in mining or other mineral industry schools was first recognized in 1918. AIME has taken the initiative in establishing programs to encourage young people to enter the fields of mining, metallurgical, and petroleum engineering. Student members of SME will determine the future vitality of the minerals industry.

The UA SME Student Chapter brings students together during their college years to build a broad-based understanding of the minerals industry and a sense of unity and identity with their peers. The UA SME Student Chapter is the link between school and business, which enables each student to engage in the type of activity necessary for professional development.


Benefits of Student Memberships


Student members have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, develop leadership qualities and strengthen social bonds through participation in SME activities in association with fellow student members and professionals in the industry.


Student members have the opportunity to attend local, regional, and national meetings of the society, usually at reduced rates.


Student members receive Mining Engineering, the official journal of the society, and are eligible for discounts on books and publications of other AIME-member societies. Upon graduation and advancement to associate member status, student members receive their choice of a Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Fund book as a gift.


Student members appear in SME's annual directory of members.


Student members may apply for SME division-sponsored scholarship awards.

SME Website discounts

Students may register for an SME short course at 35% off the member registration fee. Price discounts are available to SME student members for most SME publications. Each student member may purchase one copy of a publication at the student member rate. The SME eLearning online courses with discounts for student members of SME.

Rental Car discounts

SME student members can benefit from discounted car rental rates. Alamo Rent A Car, Avis and Hertz offers SME student members year round discounts on already low retail rates.

Online Resources

Discussion forums; Personal SME Membership Phone-book and search; SME Link List to more than 2,500 listings.  search for jobs and/or post resumes. is the definitive global online digital research center for the entire mining and minerals community. This web-based document library will include several hundred thousand articles, technical papers, books and other documents from industry societies worldwide. is the single source for users to access this collection of mining and mineral literature from a multitude of mining and minerals organizations worldwide.

The single source to find answers to technical

  • A comprehensive body of mining and mineral
  • Information accessible by anyone needing technical
  • Unlimited access to documents for participating society
  • An advanced search engine for detailed
  • Centralized, affordable resource for the entire
  • Broad exposure for participating technical organizations

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