History

View a short overview from 2010 AIME President DeAnn Craig about the organization's history created for the 140th anniversary.

 

AIME Historical Highlights


             1873  

  • Member Grades Established
  • First Transactions Printed
    1876
  • Institute Participates in Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia,
  • Raising Funds to Provide and Staff a Headquarters
    1884
  • Rossiter W. Raymond Becomes Secretary; Holds Post for 27 Consecutive Years
    1890
  • Andrew Carnegie Serves as Chair of the Committee on Arrangements for the AIME Meeting
    1893
  • AIME Participates in World’s Columbian Exposition to Raise Funds for World Engineering Congress Held in Conjunction with the Exposition
    1904
  • AIME Establishes the United Engineering Society with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers for the AIME Meeting
    1905
  • A.I.M.E. Bulletin Established
    1906
  • A.I.M.E. is incorporated in New York
  • Cornerstone for new United Engineering Society Building Laid by Andrew Carnegie’s Wife
    1907
  • Headquarters Established in New York City
  • Engineering Societies Library Established
    1908
  • Transactions Awarded Gold Medal for High Quality Publications at Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition
    1910
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Joins AIME and Other Societies in the United Engineering Society (Now Called the United Engineering Trustees)
    1911
  • Membership Exceeds 4,000 (30% Outside of United States)
  • First Three Local Sections Formed in New York, Boston, Spokane
  • A Committee in Increase in Membership Formed
  • First Committee on Publications Established
  • Dr. Raymond Becomes Secretary Emeritus of Institute
  • Fire Destroys Much of AIME Library
    1912
  • Iron and Steel Division, the Prototype of Later Technical Committees, Created
    1913
  • New Constitution and By-Laws Adopted
  • Local Sections Formed in San Francisco, Colorado, Puget Sound, Montana, St. Louis, and Southern California
  • First Membership Committee Formed
    1914
  • Nine Technical Committees Formed
  • The Engineering Foundation Established for United Engineering Society
    1917
  • Woman’s Auxiliary to the AIME Established
    1918
  • AIME Absorbs American Institute of Metals; First Professional Division of AIME Formed Out of Merger
  • Student Members Admitted as Junior Associates Under a Constitutional Amendment
    1919
  • Renamed American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers
    1920
  • Raymond Memorial Volume Published by Institute
  • Herbert Hoover Serves as President
  • First Robert W. Hunt Medal and Prize Awarded
    1921
  • Institute of Metals Lecture Established
    1922
  • Petroleum Division Formed
  • First James Douglas Medal Awarded
    1923
  • J.E. Johnson, Jr. Award Established
  • Howe Memorial Lecture Developed
    1925
  • First Open Hearth Conference Held
    1926
  • First Regional Meetings Held
    1927
  • Annual Meeting Featured First Conference of Local Section Delegates
  • Rocky Mountain Fund Established
    1928
  • Iron and Steel Division Formed
  • Junior Associateship Abolished and Replaced with Student Associate and Junior Member Grades
    1929
  • Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Fund Formed
    1930
  • Coal Division Formed
    1932
  • Mineral Industry Education Division Formed
  • First Complimentary Volumes Sent to Junior Members through Seeley W. Mudd Fund
  • First Charles F. Rand Memorial Medal Awarded
    1933
  • Institute of Metals Division Established Division
    1934
  • Metals Technology Published
    1935
  • Industrial Minerals Division Formed
  • Agreement with Iron and Steel Institute and Institute of Metals (Both in United Kingdom) Creates Junior Foreign Affiliate Grade
    1936
  • Anthony F. Lucas Medal Awarded for First Time
    1937
  • Mining Technology Published
    1938
  • Petroleum Technology Published
  • Yearbook Discontinued
  • Endowment Fund X from an Anonymous Donor Established
    1939
  • Charles Hayden Memorial Fund Established
    1940
  • Robert C. Gemmell Memorial Fund Formed
  • Iron and Steel Division Established B.J. McKune Memorial Award
    1942
  • Percy Nicholls Award Established
    1945
  • Henry L. Doherty Memorial Fund Established
  • Rossiter W. Raymond Award Established
     

             1946

  • Coal Technology Published
    1947
  • 3,000 Attend Annual Meeting and 75th AIME Anniversary Celebration in New York City
    1948
  • Three New Journals Authorized - Mining Engineering, Journal of Metals, Technology Practice, and Journal of Petroleum Engineers
    1949
  • Last Technical Committee Dissolved; Replaced by 70-80 Divisions
  • Technical Activities Separated into Three Branches: Mining, Metals, and Petroleum
  • First Erskine Ramsay Gold Medal Awarded
    1950
  • First Robert H. Richards Award Presented
    1955
  • First Benjamin F. Fairless Award Presented
    1956
  • First Mineral Industry Education Award Presented
  • Name Changed to American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
    1957
  • Three Semiautonomous Societies Formed From Institute Branches: The Metallurgical Society of AIME, Society of Mining Engineers of the AIME, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME
  • AIME By-Laws Rewritten and Simplified
    1958
  • The Metallurgical Society of AIME Published Bimonthly Transactions of The Metallurgical Society of AIME
    1959
  • First Hal Williams Hardinge Award Presented
    1961
  • Headquarters Moved into United Engineering Center on United Nations Plaza in New York City
  • Local sections Grew to 96, Including 85 in the United States and 11 Outside of the United States
  • Petroleum Society Accounts for 40 Percent of Total AIME Membership with 14,100 Members
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Begins SPE Journal
    1962
  • Membership Records Changed Over to Data Processing Methods
    1966
  • First Mineral Economics Award Presented
    1967
  • AIME Appoints Ten Year Look Committee
    1968
  • AIME (As Lead Society) Established Offshore Technology Conference
    1969
  • First Robert Earll McConnell Award Presented
    1970
  • Membership Reaches 48,400
    1971
  • AIME Celebrates Centennial in New York; Planning Took Five Years
    1972
  • First Environmental Conservation Distinguished Service Award Presented
    1973
  • AIME Business Office Decentralized and Assigned to Constituent Societies
  • Society of Mining Engineers Moves Headquarters from New York City to Salt Lake City
    1974
  • Fourth Society - Iron and Steel Society - Formed
  • Iron & Steelmaker Established
    1978
  • The Metallurgical Society and Iron and Steel Society Move From New York to Pittsburgh
  • Society of Mining Engineers Moves From Salt Lake City to Denver
    1980
  • Membership Reaches 70,791 (Excluding Students)
  • AIME Leads Establishment of American Association of Engineering Societies
    1982
  • Ad-Hoc Transitions Committee Presents Recommendations for Greater Decentralization
    1984
  • Four Societies Become Separately Incorporated
    1985
  • Established AIME as a Federation Comprised of Four Member Societies
  • Governing Body Restructured to a Board of Trustees
  • Membership Reaches 83,307 (Excluding Students)
    1988
  • Long-Range Plan Implemented, Initiating New Programs and Activities
    1990
  • Membership Reaches 73,236 (Excluding Students)
    1993
    AIME Approves Transformations Project
    1994
  • Board Approves Financial Support of Overarching Programs and Individually Approved Programs of Member Societies
    1995
  • Sponsorship of Engineering Societies Library Transferred to Linda Hall Library
  • Membership Reaches 69,997 (Excluding Students)
  • AIME Establishes a Site on the Internet
    1996
  • AIME Celebrates 125th Anniversary at Joint Meeting with TMS in Anaheim, California
  • Presents Commemorative Plaque to the Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
    1997
  • First AIME Board of Trustees Retreat, December 16, 1997, Cleveland, Ohio
    1998
  • First AIME Annual Meeting held outside United States, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    2003
  • Moved Corporate Headquarters to Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration  Building in Littleton, CO
    2004
  • AIME Member Society, The Iron and Steel Society (ISS) merges with the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE) to form the Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). This increases AIME total membership by more than 5000.
    2005
  •  AIME establishes the John S. Marshall Memorial Scholarship
    2011
  •  2010 President, DeAnn Craig's AIME 140th Anniversary Speech recorded by Kevin Campbell.