Learn More About the SME Arizona Conference

  • Regional Focus

    A focus on projects and developments specific to the Southwestern U.S.

  • Engaging Technical Sessions

    Meet the individuals who are changing the face of the industry every day.

  • Education

    Content and topics specifically designed for practical application.

  • Inside View

    Learn more about the solutions used to solve some of the regional industry's biggest problems

  • Greater Focus

    The perfect space to really dedicate your full attention to the topics at hand.

  • Sharpen the Saw

    Take a break from the "work" of your work to hone your skills.

  • Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Get out of the day-to-day rut and experience a totally new way to engage and interact with industry peers.

  • Networking Opportunity

    SME Arizona Conference is the perfect conference network with like-mind professionals and to build your professional network.

  • Learn in a New Space

    Break away from the office and gain a new perspective with fresh ideas and new approaches.

  • Social Connect

    Stay connected with SME during the Arizona Conference on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to get the lastest in conference news and updates! #SMEArizona

Register to Attend

Registration for the SME Arizona Conference opens July 2016.


SME Arizona Conference is the must attend Southwestern regional conference in the minerals industry.

About us

The Arizona Conference of SME is a great regional conference that provides technical updates from projects in the Southwest US and Mexico, keynote sessions by industry experts and networking opportunities with people from industry, academia and government.

  • The final event of a "Mining Weekend"
  • University of Arizona SME Student Chapter golf tournament
  • Mining Foundation of the Southwest Hall of Fame Banquet
  • The Early Years

    The conference has traditionally been scheduled in early December so that members and their families could take advantage of a trip from the conference site to Tucson to do some holiday shopping. In addition, the conference originally was quite a social event for couples with a dinner/dance evening as part of the festivities.

  • Today

    The earlier conference boards of directors included all of the mine managers from local mines as honorary members. The location of the conference has moved multiple times: Doubletree, El Conquistador and most recently the JW Marriott Starr Pass. The SME event has joined with the Mining Foundation of the Southwest and the SME Student Section at the University of Arizona to have each group's events scheduled simultaneously at the same location in order to emphasize the strength of the mining industry in Arizona.

  • Tradition

    The Annual Diggers and Duffers Golf Tournament is a fundraiser that is a tradition in the U of A SME Student Chapter. The proceeds from this tournament go directly to students who would like to attend the SME Annual Conference & Expo and the Intercollegiate Mining Competition. These events are an exceptional opportunity for students to learn about different aspects of our international industry as well as introduce us with some of its leaders. Learn More...

  • Become a Sponsor

    Sponsoring the Annual Diggers and Duffers Golf Tournament is a prime opportunity to showcase your support of the regional and national mining industry, and to also encourage the growth and development of future mining professionals through the SME Annual Conference & Expo attendance award. For more information about sponsoring the golf tournament, please contact SME Sponsorships at

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Arizona Conference 2016, dedicated to regional industry development

The Arizona Conference 2016 completely supports the Southwest United States and Northern Mexico
mining industry segment by providing an Inclusive, Productive and Engaging conference experience.

We Are


Attendees Strong

..and growing. Our conference will never stop exceeding expectations. Expect more.


Years & Counting

Dedicated to bringing the top professional, regional conference in the mining industry.


Sponsor Supported

Our sponsors help make the annual Arizona Conference a success year-after-year.

Thank You Conference Sponsors