Networking Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending an SME Arizona Conference function. Find sponsored coffee breaks, networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.


UofA SME Student Chapter 28th Annual Diggers and Duffers Golf Tournament

Saturday, December 2, 2023

6:00 am

The Annual Diggers & Duffers Golf Tournament is an ongoing tradition for the University of Arizona’s SME Student Chapter and acts as our primary fundraiser.

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Workshop: Cultivating Trust: Building Bridges Through Psychological Safety

Sunday, December 3, 2023

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join WIM Arizona and the SME Arizona Conference for this year’s workshop Cultivating Trust: Building Bridges Through Psychological Safety facilitated by Debbie Himsel (Westland Resources). This workshop will include interactive discussions and exercises on the positive changes of DEI&B in the industry, leadership practices to build psychological safety, applications to difficult situations/conversations, and more.

Workshop: Controlling Acid Mist Pollution for Copper Electrowinning Facilities

Sunday, December 3, 2023

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to share the best practices for controlling acid mist in the copper electrowinning (EW) tankhouse. Topics will include acid mist fundamentals, its sampling methods, and the effectiveness of using different types of surfactants as suppressant. The workshop will help the EW industry to find safer alternatives to replace FC-1100, making EW operations more environmentally safe and effective.

Contact: Dr. Guang Xu,, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Networking Luncheon

Sustainable Development and the Primary Copper Industry – The Coming Decades

Krishna Parameswaran, Independent Consultant, formerly with ASARCO LLC

Monday, December 4, 2023

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for the Networking Lunch that is included in your registration. You will have the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker and learn about the updates of the mining industry in our region.

Awards Banquet & Fundraiser

40th American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Banquet & Fundraiser

Saturday, December 2, 2023

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Mining Foundation of the Southwest (MFSW) at the Mining Weekend Events at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. This event will be co-hosted by MFSW, the SME Arizona Conference, the University of Arizona SME Student Chapter, and AMIGOS.

MFSW banquet tickets can be purchased singly or by the table. Please consider purchasing a ticket for a student to attend. All proceeds go to MFSW Educational and Public Outreach Program.

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Amigos Mining Industry Casino Night

Sunday, December 3, 2023

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for the AMIGOS Mining Industry Casino Night sponsored by top mining suppliers – the members of AMIGOS. Enjoy food, drinks, casino-style fun, and fabulous raffle prizes while networking with industry friends, old and new.

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Networking Reception

Monday, December 4, 2023

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar to wrap up the Arizona Conference with colleagues and friends. One drink ticket will be included in your registration.

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