Awards and Recognitions
SME offers numerous Awards and Recognitions for the membership and our Section has members that have been recognized by SME and its divisions.
SME Fellow (Formerly Distinguished Member Award*)
A candidate for Fellow must have been a full member of SME for at least 15 years. A candidate must have demonstrated significant and sustained contributions to the minerals industry and to SME. There must be some contributions to both the industry and SME, though significant and sustained contributions can be to either one. The award is restricted to only 1.8% of the SME Membership.
Outstanding service to SME may be to a section, a region, a technical division, committees or as a representative of SME and the industry to the public. Outstanding contributions to the industry may be as a leader in exploration, production, manufacturing, environment, basic sciences, engineering applications, education, management or public relations. Contributions may be evidenced by patents, technical papers, educational activities or managerial contributions. Other contributions may be in the development of exploration techniques, mineral properties, mineral processes, major engineering projects, mineral-related equipment and environmental solutions.
2021 - John R. Ackerman, PE, PG
2018 - Michael C. Korb, PE
1998 - Nikhil C. Trivedi
1996 - Walter D. Haentjens, PE
1976 - Thomas V. Falkie
* In order to appropriately acknowledge such distinction, the SME Board of Directors determined in February 2020 to rename the award "SME Fellow Award". Thus recognizing these recipients as SME Fellows. This change was desired to better match the global standard and recognition of "Fellow". None of the criteria have changed nor other parts of the award process. The change is limited to the name only.
The Presidential Citation is a non-competitive award presented by the SME President to recognize an individual or group for achieving goals that strengthen SME through activities include growing SME membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to the SME Foundation, and building awareness of SME in their local community.
2010 - Michael Korb, PE
2006 - Nikhil Trivedi
J. W. Woomer Award (formerly the Young Engineer Award)
The J. W. Woomer Award established in 1976, brings recognition of engineering professionalism to young people working in the coal industry. Election to this honor is by the Coal & Energy Division Officers with notification to the SME Executive Committee.
Eligibility requirements for the award include:
The nominee must be a graduate engineer working in the coal industry.
The nominee must not reach their 35th birthday before the award is presented.
The nominee must have prepared a technical report for presentation at any coal industry meeting or for publication in any coal industry journal or transactions.
The nominee must be a member of SME.
The nominating procedure specifies:
The nominating petition must include a written description of the engineering project(s) and must describe the specific involvement of the nominee in the work accomplished.
The nominating petition must be reviewed by the appropriate SME Local Section Executive Committee.
The Local Section’s letter of endorsement for a nominee should include a description of the investigation by the Section’s Executive Committee and a listing of the engineering accomplishment(s) of the nominee.
Any SME Local Section may nominate a candidate but nominations must have the approval of the Section’s Executive Committee.
1983 - John R. Ackerman, PE
The Erskine Ramsey Medal
The Ramsay Medal, established in 1948, and funded by AIME, recognizes distinguished achievement in coal mining, to include both bituminous coal and anthracite. The medal is accompanied by an engrossed diploma containing a citation of the service or achievement upon which the award is based. Election to this honor is by the SME Coal & Energy Division Officers with notification to the SME Executive Committee. Eligibility The conditions of eligibility are as follows:
There are no limitations regarding nationality, membership in the Institute, or otherwise.
A candidate must be a living person able and willing to present himself in person to receive the award.
No person who has been awarded any of the other eight major AIME awards (Douglas, Saunders, Lucas, Rand, Richards, Fairless, Hardinge, and McConnell) is eligible for the Ramsay Medal.
1991 - Thomas V. Falkie
1961 - Donald Markle
The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award
The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award, established in 1995, recognizes distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME and is open to all SME members who have shown long-term interest in and have significantly contributed to SME activities relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education, professional registration, and/or the Council of Education (not necessarily an educator themselves). The Award shall consist of a statuette with an engraved inscription containing the name of the award, the name of the recipient, and the date of the award. Election to this honor is by the SME Council of Education with notification to the SME Executive Committee.
2017 - Nikhil C. Trivedi
Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal
Distinguished achievement in mining administration, including metallurgy and petroleum.
2015 - Thomas V Falkie
Robert Earll McConnell Award
Beneficial service to mankind by engineers through significant contributions which tend to enhance a nation's standard of living or replenish it's natural resources (e.g. discover major mineral supply, develop process to extend mineral supply).
2018 – Nikhil C. Trivedi