SME sponsors 8 mining professionals to attend ELA conference

By |  August 17, 2016

SME_logoThe Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) will sponsor eight young mining professionals to attend the 9th annual Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) conference Nov. 9-12 in Falls Church, Va. ELA is a partnership among engineering and science-based organizations that provides an an interdisciplinary forum for leadership training for young professionals. It also aims to advance the development of highly skilled leaders.

During the three-day conference, attendees will partake in a number of training courses, including “Making the Transition from Technical to Management,” “Building Highly Productive Relationships That Matter,” “Performance Management” and “Emotional Intelligence.”

Representing SME in the Class of 2016 include:

  • Manuel Montenegro, mine planning graduate, MMG, Las Banbas, Lima, Peru
  • Vasu Grande, mining engineer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh
  • Luis Felipe Velasquez, technical support engineer, Ferreyros S.A., Lima, Peru
  • Axel Gallegos Gutierrez, mine planning engineer, Minera Yanaquihua S.A.C., Lima, Peru
  • Joe Waite, project engineer, Lehigh Hanson Inc., Irving, Texas
  • Jorge Loy Benitez, support engineer, Somilor S.A., Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador
  • Mohammad Rezaee, postdoctoral research associate, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
  • Marion King, mine engineer, Imerys, Lompoc, Calif.

Register for the conference here.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration is a professional society with more than 15,000 members who represent all professions serving the mining, minerals and underground construction industries in more than 100 countries.

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