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On 16 May, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) will mark its 150th anniversary. Founded in May 1871, 22 engineers came together to form an association dedicated to advancing the production of metals, minerals, and energy resources through the application of engineering. This founding group's goals were "the more economical production of useful minerals and metals and ... the greater safety and welfare of those employed in these industries." As AIME continued to grow, it decentralized and formed four independently operated member societies. SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985.
The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) approved a $1-million grant to be shared equally among its four member societies to mitigate the negative impact on society operations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The member societies of AIME include SPE, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). AIME's President, George Luxbacher, said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to the association community, including the disruption of convening people for knowledge sharing and networking. All have had to pivot to new ways of delivering member value, some requiring significant new resources. AIME hopes that this increased support will ease the transition."
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For those not familiar with AIME, it stands for the "American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers." AIME, founded in 1871 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was one of the first national engineering societies established in the United States. In subsequent years, AIME was joined by four other engineering founder societies--the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers--and formed the United Engineering Foundation. An interesting side note is that US President Herbert Hoover, a mining engineer, served as the AIME president in 1920. More detailed information on the history of AIME can be found in the JPT articles referenced below.
SPE's parent organization has its own significant history and has made many valuable contributions to industry as well. The society that eventually gave birth to SPE was founded in 1871 by 22 mining engineers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME) would become the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers in 1919 and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers decades later. AIME was one of the first engineering societies established in the US and is known as an Engineering Founder Society, along with professional organizations representing civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineers. The goal of AIME is to "advance and disseminate, through the programs of the member societies, knowledge of engineering and the arts and sciences involved in the production and use of minerals, metals, energy sources, and materials for the benefit of humankind." One of its most important legacies has been in the numerous technical papers it published from almost the very beginning of the organization. In the mid-1980s, the four divisions of AIME—The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, the Society of Mining Engineers, and SPE—became separately incorporated organizations. These organizations make up AIME's membership. Today the memberships of the AIME member societies total about 100,000. Petroleum's Rise At the time of its founding, the commodities of most interest to AIME members were coal, iron, lead, salt, gold, and silver. It would be years before petroleum rose to significance, according to the book Centennial History of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers 1871–1970. "The petroleum industry was still an infant, although the famous Drake well, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, had been discovered 12 years earlier. The chief market product was kerosene to burn in lamps, for [Thomas] Edison's first incandescent electric bulb was 8 years in the future. "The light fraction from petroleum known as gasoline was something of a nuisance, and the refiners produced as little as possible. The devising of a horseless carriage was in the minds of various inventors, but the use of gasoline as its source of power was given scant consideration, and the few who toyed with the idea of a flying machine fueled with gasoline were visionary dreamers. Duryea's gasoline automobile came in 1892, and the airplane became practical about 20 years later." Hoover and Carnegie Among the most famous members of AIME were Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the US, and well-known philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Hoover, a successful mining engineer and consultant whose career included work in the US and Australia, gained fame heading up US relief efforts after World War I. He served as AIME president in 1920. In 1921, he accepted a post as US Secretary of Commerce. He served as US president during 1929–33. His grandson, Herbert Hoover III, has been an SPE member for 50 years. Carnegie was chairman of the Committee on Arrangements for the AIME fall meeting in 1890. In 1904, he gave USD 1.5 million to the institute—quite a sum at the time—for the construction of a headquarters in New York City. The building was dedicated in 1907. As membership needs and specialties grew, AIME's divisions eventually took on more responsibility. Its four societies, including SPE, separately incorporated in 1984. Today, AIME's corporate headquarters is located in Littleton, Colorado. SPE has maintained a close relation-ship with AIME through the years. Many SPE presidents have served terms as AIME presidents as well.