A group of students went to Duluth this Tuesday and Wednesday (April 17th and 18th) to attend the annual Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Conference. Students participated in the Tuesday’s afternoon sessions and trade show exhibit and Wednesday’s morning sessions and afternoon luncheon. There are a number of different sessions that were held Tuesday and Wednesday covering everything from “Dust Suppression” to “Training a Workforce for Future Mining.” Each student will be expected to attend several sessions and treat each as a learning experience. This annual meeting is run for the professional development of those in the local mining industry. Students are encouraged to talk with those attending the conference and the vendors about the industry and to ask any questions they may have. The bill for the students attending this conference has been paid by U.S. Steel, Arcelor Mittal, and Cliffs Natural Resources. IRE and its students would like to thank these companies for making it possible to attend this conference, which could potentially open up doors us now or later down the road.