Networking & Development Opportunities for Students

Students, you are the future of the mining industry and the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo & 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section offers several events for you to connect with other students from around the world and to connect with industry leaders that can get your career off to a great start!

All of the events below are meant for students and are included with your conference registration.

SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition (Final Presentations)

Sunday, Feb. 25 | 7:00am - 2:00pm
The SME/NSSGA Student Design competition is a two-phase, team-based problem solving involving creating a technical design contest and an oral presentation. The technical design takes place during the first semester of the school year on each team’s campus. It is designed to simulate an engineering project prepared by an engineering group for a company. Past problems have highlighted the challenges of mine planning, plant design, reserve modeling, and feasibility analysis. The  top six teams will present their projects at the SME Annual Conference & Expo and 91st Annual Meeting of the SME-MN Section.

SME Student Member Engagement Breakfast

Sunday, Feb. 25
The Student Engagement Breakfast was created in 2016 to increase student involvement with industry leaders. The breakfast is sponsored annually by mining companies to showcase emerging technology and innovation. The Student Engagement Breakfast gives students the unique opportunity to connect with industry representatives. All student attendees are invited to the breakfast. RSVP is required for attendance. Contact Mona Vandervoort at for more information.


Student Forum and Reception

Sunday, Feb. 25 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Student Forum, sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan, is an informal gathering of student members and professionals. The Forum provides a time for students to network with industry professionals and other students. Join us at this continuing tradition for SME student members and professionals. Includes food, fun, information and prizes.

Student Mentor Session

Tuesday, February 27 |3:00pm-6:00 pm
For the second consecutive year The SME Young Leaders are pleased to host a mentoring session for student members and nonmembers attending the annual conference. Please check back soon for this year’s topic and speaker lineup.