About Us

WAAIME is now a division of SME, through a merger in 2008. Despite the merger WAAIME has the autonomy to continue operating as it has in the past. WAAIME (formerly known as the Women’s Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining Engineers) was created on February 20, 1917 to do philanthropic work in local mining communities where members lived, providing service to the country, to the community and to provide scholarships.



WAAIME Executive Committee

The WAAIME Executive Committee made up of three elected members, the Chair, Co-Chair, and National/International Representative. These members are elected on a three year basis, with the most junior position being the Representative. All three have equal voting rights, with the Chair presiding.

2019-2020 WAAIME (National/International) Officers

Lydia Hull
(Eastern Representative)
Jean Davin
(Western Representative)
Blanche Blattner
(International Representative)
Winnell Burt
(Western Representative)

This national/international WAAIME organization is made up of Sections in mining communities around the world, with each section governed by their local officers.

Each section, as well as parent organization has several committees, including: Scholarship, Membership, Operation Practices, and other special committees (such as the100th anniversary).

WAAIME Objectives

The WAAIME objectives, as written by President Mrs. Lou Henry Hoover in her letter to her membership in February 1959, remain:

  • Section 1. To render service to the country and to the community through all that pertains to the interest of the professions of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering.
  • Section 2. To promote philanthropic work and the interchange of ideas amongst its members.
  • Section 3. To devise and promote ways and means of procuring a fund and to maintain such fund for the purpose of assisting promising students to obtain a technical education in Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering and their allied subjects.


Annually, new nominations are sought for the longest WAAIME Committee member. Nominations are selected from the outgoing committee member’s area or region.

Any member of an AIME Member Society (AIST, SME, SPE, TMS) can select “WAAIME” on their renewal application to automatically become a member, and participating is open to all Society members or others interested in the purpose of this fine organization.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

WAAIME Coordinator - Tanya Kriss
Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Ph: 303.948.4211