The Central Appalachian Section (CAS) is a legally constituted unit of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., encompassing those counties in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. CAS helps enhance the professional development of our members and provide local service to the public.
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is an international society of professionals in the minerals industry. The SME membership is more than 12,000 strong, with members in nearly 100 countries. A member society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), SME's roots date back to 1871 when a handful of mining engineers founded AIME. Since its inception, SME has continued to evolve over the years to stay abreast of industry changes and to reflect the ever-broadening interests of its members.
Local and international involvement are also distinguishing features in the structure and character of SME as a professional society. More than 70 local SME sections facilitate the exchange of information and increase grassroots participation in SME programs and services. SME also has an international committee, which provides valuable input to SME programming and strengthens the SME presence in the international community. A number of local SME sections, in fact, are located outside the United States.
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