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Happy Anniversary to our founding organization,
The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers


In May 1871, a group of 22 engineers came together to form an association dedicated to advancing the production of metals, minerals and energy resources through the application of engineering.

Their goals: "the more economical production of useful minerals and metals and... the greater safety and welfare of those employed in these industries.” 

As AIME continued to grow, it decentralized and formed four independently operated member societies:

  • SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration)
  • TMS (The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society)
  • AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology)
  • SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)

SPE became a separately incorporated organization in 1985. Learn more about SPE history

AIME Supports Member Societies

AIME's mission is to support its Member Societies. These funds make possible forward-reaching programs including interdisciplinary projects and forums, awards, scholarships and grants. Read more: AIME Legacy Continues to Benefit SPE and Other Member Societies


SPE is proud of our heritage as a part of AIME. Congratulations!



150th Anniversary Activities

AIME is recognizing this milestone throughout the year.

See a list of planned activities on the AIME website.

View the AIME Historical Timeline

Travel the virtual AIME 150th Anniversary History Walk  (PDF)

AIME historical meeting