AIME Founders Honored in Wilkes-Barre

Submitted by toni.griffin on May 25 2016

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 and it’s member societies, SME, SPE, TMS and AIST honored Society Founders by joining the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for the dedication of an official Commonwealth Historical Marker commemorating the 1871 founding of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. 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. 

See ABC News coverage, “Tribute to Mining Heritage Unveiled in Wilkes-Barre.”

Visit the AIME Youtube Channel to see more AIME 145th Anniversary videos.