Activities and Organizations
Student Organization: SME/Drill & Crucible
Contact Person: Tyler Artz
Student Organization: Society of Explosive Engineers (International) [ISEE]
Contact Person: Sean Metz
The International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) was formed in 1974 as a professional society dedicated to promoting the safety, security and the controlled use of explosives in mining, quarrying, construction, manufacturing, demolition, aerospace, forestry, avalanche control, art, automotives, special effects, exploration, seismology, agriculture, law enforcement, and many other peaceful uses of explosives. With more than 4,600 members from 90 countries and with 34 Chapters in the US, Canada, and South America, the Society is recognized as a world leader in providing explosives technology, education, and information, and promoting public understanding of the benefits of explosives. In addition, ISEE, with individual members acting as resources, has consistently been at the forefront of efforts to address legislation and regulation on the use of explosives at the international, federal and state level.
The competition originated to honor the lives of miners who died in the Sunshine Mine fire disaster, to build camaraderie between mining students, and to preserve old-fashioned mining methods.
The competition is made up of seven events including:
- Jackleg: drilling into a vertical rock or concrete face using a pneumatic jackleg drill;
- Handsteel: drilling a hole or holes into a 36″ thick block of concrete, using a four-pound sledge hammer and a 7/8 inch wide steel chisel;
- Survey: reporting coordinates using an old fashioned vernier transit, a plumb bob, and a 50-meter steel tape;
- Gold Pan: panning five bbs from a one-pound coffee can of dirt and rock;
- Swede Saw: sawing through a 6x6 inch piece of pine timber with a 36 inch bow saw;
- Trackstand: setting up and tearing down a five meter section of track, including sleepers, rail, connecting plates, and bolts;
- Mucking: pushing an empty ore cart down a 75-foot section of track and back, then shovel "muck" (rock, clay sand, and mud) into the cart until full, then pushing the ore cart down and back again.
The Mine Safety and Rescue Group was founded in November 2013 by a group of students interested in pursuing mine rescue activities at the school of mines. This group is involved with training with the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
Student Organization: Mine Safety and Rescue Group
Outreach Chair: Jesse Caleca; E-mail:
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Dr. Kelli McCormick; E-mail:
President: Kyle Rovick; E-mail:
Treasurer: Sean Metz; E-mail: