Our History

  • 2021
    • On May 16, 2021, AIME will turn 150, a milestone few organizations achieve!  To celebrate, beginning fall 2020 through 2022, given the pandemic, AIME and its Member Societies will be celebrating in a variety of ways.  See details at AIME's 150th Anniversary webpage.
  • 2020
    • AIME welcomes all four Executive Directors of its Member Societies onto its Board of Trustees
  • 2018
    • AIME trials in-house captures of oral histories of prominent members from its Member Societies.  Long-time TMS member, 101-year-old, Ray Smith, and AIME's oldest living President, Harry Paxton, are the first to be interviewed by AIME's Executive Director, Michele Lawrie-Munro.  Click here to explore all of AIME's oral histories.
  • 2016
    • AIME and Member Society leadership dedicate a roadside marker acquired by SME's PA Anthracite section at the site of AIME's inaugural meeting in Wilkes-Barre for the 145th anniversary
  • 2015
    • 2014 President, Behrooz Fattahi, led the group through strategic planning to adopt a new governance structure, including a History and Heritage and External Affairs committees
    • Membership Surpasses 200,000 (214,213 including students)
  • 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.
    • Membership Reaches 75,367 (Excluding Students)
  • 2003
    • Moved AIME Corporate Headquarters to Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Building in Littleton, CO from New York, NY
  • 1998
    • First AIME Annual Meeting held outside United States, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1995
    • Sponsorship of Engineering Societies Library Transferred to Linda Hall Library
    • Membership Falls to 69,997 (Excluding Students)
    • AIME Establishes a Site on the Internet
  • 1994
    • Board Approves Financial Support of Overarching Programs and Individually Approved Programs of Member Societies
  • 1990
    • Membership Falls to 73,236 (Excluding Students)
  • 1988
    • Long-Range Plan Implemented, Initiating New Programs and Activities
  • 1985
    • Established AIME as a Federation Comprised of Four Member Societies: AIST, SME, SPE, and TMS.
    • Governing Body Restructured to a Board of Trustees
    • Membership Reaches 83,307 (Excluding Students)
  • 1984
    • Four Societies Become Separately Incorporated
  • 1982
    • Ad-Hoc Transitions Committee Presents Recommendations for Greater Decentralization
  • 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
  • 1974
    • Fourth Society - Iron and Steel Society - Formed
    • Iron & Steelmaker Established, now Iron & Steel Technology magazine. 
  • 1973
    • AIME Business Office Decentralized and Assigned to Constituent Societies
    • Society of Mining Engineers Moves Headquarters from New York City to Salt Lake City
  • 1971
    • AIME Celebrates Centennial in New York; Planning Took Five Years

     

  • 1970
    • Membership Reaches 48,400
  • 1967
    • AIME Appoints Ten Year Look Committee
  • 1962
    • Membership Records Changed Over to Data Processing Methods
  • 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
  • 1958
    • The Metallurgical Society of AIME Published Bimonthly Transactions of The Metallurgical Society of AIME

     

  • 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
  • 1947
    • 3,000 Attend Annual Meeting and 75th AIME Anniversary Celebration in New York City
  • 1946
    • Coal Technology Published
  • 1940
    • Robert C. Gemmell Memorial Fund Formed
    • Iron and Steel Division Established B.J. McKune Memorial Award
  • 1939
    • Charles Hayden Memorial Fund Established
  • 1937
    • Mining 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
  • 1934
    • Metals Technology Published
  • 1933
    • Institute of Metals Division Established 

     

  • 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
  • 1928
    • Iron and Steel Division Formed
    • Junior Associateship Abolished and Replaced with Student Associate and Junior Member Grades
  • 1927
    • Annual Meeting Featured First Conference of Local Section Delegates
    • Rocky Mountain Fund Established
  • 1926
    • First Regional Meetings Held

     

  • 1925
    • First Open Hearth Conference Held
  • 1921
    • Institute of Metals Lecture Established

     

  • 1919
    • Renamed American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers

     

  • 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
  • 1914
    • Nine Technical Committees Formed
    • The Engineering Foundation Established for United Engineering Society
  • 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
  • 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

     

  • 1910
    • American Society of Civil Engineers Joins AIME and Other Societies in the United Engineering Society (Now Called the United Engineering Trustees)
  • 1908
    • Transactions Awarded Gold Medal for High Quality Publications at Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition

     

  • 1907
    • Headquarters Established in New York City
    • Engineering Societies Library Established
  • 1905
    • A.I.M.E. Bulletin Established
  • 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
  • 1893
  • 1890
    • Andrew Carnegie Serves as Chair of the Committee on Arrangements for the AIME Meeting
  • 1876
    • Institute Participates in Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Raising Funds to Provide and Staff a Headquarters
  • 1873
    • Member Grades Established
    • First Transactions Printed
  • 1871
    • American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) founded by 22 Mining Engineers at the Wyoming Valley Hotel on River Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 16th

 

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