June 25, 2008

Class of 2008 Joins the SME Young Leaders Committee

By Anonymous

SME YOUNG LEADERS The Young Leaders Committee would like to introduce its five new committee members for 2008. Of the 12 young members who applied to SME, five were selected to become Young Leaders. Those who are chosen for committee membership agree to a four-year commitment in the program.

The Young Leaders Committee was created in 2002. It is the task of the committee to implement programs and services relevant to younger professionals and students in the industry. SME has created this program to help equip young professionals with the tools they need for success in SME and in the mining profession. SME depends on the development of qualified, capable individuals who have the vision and dedication to lead the society in this new century. One of the objectives of the Young Leaders program is to increase the involvement of young professionals within the society. The other is to present professional-development programs for the society as a whole.

To learn more about the Young Leaders, please visit http://www. smenet.org/youngleaders/.

Joe Carnahan

Joe Carnahan graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003 with a B.S. degree in mining engineering. During his time at Virginia Tech, he successfully completed a 15-month co-op program with Luck Stone Corp. in Richmond, VA. He gained additional summer experience with Tilcon of New York in Haverstraw, NY.

Upon graduation, Carnahan accepted a position with Luck Stone. He trained for a year in the field at the company's Fairfax and Pittsboro sites. After his training was complete, he relocated to Luck Stone's headquarters in Richmond, where he currently works as a mining engineer.

Carnahan is the co-chair for the 2008-2009 SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition.

Craig Hairfield

Craig Hairfield graduated with a B.S. degree in mining engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2005. He also completed a one-year study program at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland, the Royal School of Mines in London, the RWTH-Aachen University in Germany and TU Delft in the Netherlands. He received the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America's Senior Design Project Award in 2005 and also participated in the first NSSGA Student Quarry Design contest.

Upon graduation, Hairfield joined Mine Ventilation Services in California. He conducted ventilation surveys and created ventilation computer models for many underground mining operations in the United States and abroad.

In 2007, Hairfield joined Marshall Miller & Associates in Virginia as a consultant to the coal and aggregate mining industries. He works mainly on projects relating to mine design, reclamation, project evaluation and computer reserve modeling.

Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson graduated with a B.S. in mining and minerals engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2003. Johnson continued his education at Virginia Tech and received an M.S. in mine engineering in 2005.

Upon graduation, Johnson went to work as an engineer for Newmont Mining in Elko, NV. Currently he works for Freeport-McMoRan at its Henderson Mine in Colorado as a mine engineer and a member of the mine rescue team.

Christopher Ross

Christopher Ross graduated in 2001 with a B.S. degree in mining engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. While a student, he interned as a planning engineer for Arch Coal at its Hobet 21 operation and as a project supervisor for Aggregate Industries at its Thornton operation. Upon graduation, Ross took a job at Florida Rock Industries' Ft. Myers Quarry, where he held the position of pit supervisor. He was also president of the safety and environmental committees.

Since 2004, Ross has been employed as a mining engineer for the John T. Boyd Co., a mining and geological consulting firm. His focus is on geologic modeling, mine design and planning at numerous U.S. operations, as well as for projects in South Africa, Colombia and Indonesia.

Andrew Soderman

Andrew Soderman graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a B.S. in mining engineering. Throughout college, he had several internships with openpit copper mines.

After graduation, he worked for Cyprus Miami operations as a mine engineer. Since then, he has held a variety of positions within Phelps Dodge Mining. Currently, he is the chief mine engineer at FreeportMcMoRan's Bagdad operation.

Soderman has been an active member of SME since college and is currently the vice-chair of the Grand Canyon section of SME.

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