AIME 145th Anniversary and Wyoming Valley Hotel Marker Dedication
Monday May 16, 2016 marked the 145th Anniversary of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. The Institute was founded in 1871 by 22 mining engineers at the Wyoming Valley Hotel on River Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. AIME President, Garry Warren, and representatives from each of AIME's 4 Member Societies spoke. SME's PA Anthracite section organized the event, which included entertainment, a lunch with cake and champagne toast at the Westmoreland Club, dedication, Wilkes-Barre tour, and dinner. AIME President-Elect, Nikhil Trivedi and PASME Chairman-Elect John Ackerman unveiled the new AIME historical marker commemorating the site. AIME was one of the first national engineering societies established in the United States adding the Petroleum Division in 1922, the Iron and Steel Division in 1928 and the Institute of Metals Division in 1933. The Institute’s name was changed to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers in 1956.