Professional Engineers in Mining (PEM) is a non-profit membership society for registered professional engineers, and other professionals that specialize in the mining, metallurgy and exploration industries in Kentucky. It is aligned with the goals, purpose, and vision of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE). KSPE in turn is affiliated with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). PEM was organized to provide professional development and educational opportunities to its members and to encourage aspiring engineers to consider and to receive education in mining engineering and related fields. To achieve that goal, PEM co-sponsors with the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky an annual seminar devoted to updating the membership on changes in government regulations, technical advancements in mining and resource development, requirements of legal and regulatory compliance, and engineering issues related to mine safety and health. Since 1988, PEM and UK have sponsored this seminar in late August or early September, and award attendees with credit for eight (8) professional development hours (pdh), which can be applied toward the continuing education requirement of maintaining professional engineering licensure.
Since its inception, the proceeds obtained from the annual seminar are used to support educational programs in the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky including annuals awards to the officers of the Student Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME), support for mining engineering student activities, scholarships, and student achievement awards.
Through a ‘Professional Engineers in Mining’ account established at the University of Kentucky-College of Engineering, PEM provides funds for scholarships that are awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Mining Engineering. PEM has been an annual sponsor of Mu Nu Gamma, the first Honor Society for U.S. Mining Engineering Programs initially established at UK. PEM has also established an annual PEM award to a graduating senior who exhibits a commitment to professional development. PEM has sponsored other activities for further student involvement and interaction with professionals in the Kentucky mining community.