I had peers and managers that supported and challenged me along the way." Siwale's parting messages as WAAIME chair: We will have challenges along the way.
Caption: Outgoing WAAIME Chair Rebecca Siwale shares stories about her career as a metallurgist.
Caption: Maureen Berkner Boyt moderates a panel discussion, Engaging Allies in Your Career Success Through Sponsorship, at the WAAIME breakfast at SME 2018.
The stated purpose of the WAAIME was to: "Render service to the country and to the community and to humanity at large through all that pertained to the interest of the [noble] profession of mining engineering." WAAIME goals have expanded to meet the changing times, and now primarily secure and maintaine a fund to assist promising young people in obtaining a technical education.
In 1921, WAAIME members in Washington, D.C., began collecting books to establish a circulating library among the remote mining camps.
Since the WAAIME Scholarship Loan Fund was organized, more than $3M in loans have been distributed to those seeking education in earth sciences.