Allyz Kramer (pictured left) receives award from SME President John Mansanti (pictured right)

Q&A with Allyz Kramer: SME Honor Award Recipient

April 26, 2018

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Conference and Expo and the 91st Annual Meeting of the SME Minnesota Section was hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in February 2018. During the event, SEH Principal and Sr. Biologist Allyz Kramer was honored for serving as the SME MN Section Conference Chair.  

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SME MN Section and Subsections

As the Chair, she also accepted the President's Citation for Local Service Section Award for the SME MN Section and its two subsections. This honor was given by SME President, John Mansanti, to recognize the MN Section of SME for its outstanding generosity and contribution to the successful outcome of the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis.

Read more about her story and her professional and personal achievements from this Q&A with Allyz.

First off, CONGRATULATIONS!  What does it mean to receive the awards?

It was an honor to be recognized for our Section's enthusiasm and tenacity to host a world-class conference attended by more than 5,000 global mining professionals. I am proud of our Section and my peers in the industry to receive these accolades. I’m also humbled by the trust my industry peers had in me to be their Section Chair and oftentimes their "voice" for planning this incredible event. 

How long have you been a member of SME? 

I have been a member of SME for only eight years, but in that time, I dove in "head first" to help plan the MN Section Annual Conference in Duluth, including presenting technical papers.  I served as a MN Section Board member for the past four years, and continue to serve on that Board currently.

I served as the SME-MN Section Chair from 2017 - 2018, including working with the SME staff and the 2018 Conference Program Committee for more than two years, while still leading and facilitating regular MN Section responsibilities. 

What is it about your profession that you find the most rewarding? 

Every day is a different form of being creative—because every project I work on is unique. I love being a biologist working with my peers in an industry where we continually achieve mutual understanding. Together, we work through context-sensitive infrastructure designs that consider both the natural and human environment. 

What does the word “accomplishment” mean to you? 

The word accomplishment to me, means crossing the "finish line" on my own two feet.

What is your greatest accomplishment while working in this field? 

It sounds a little silly perhaps, but defending my master's thesis while managing a full time career, parenting a toddler, expecting my second child and remaining happily married was a lifetime achievement I will never forget.

What motivates you?

Training and completing a couple half-marathons each year. It makes the shorter races seem like a breeze.

What famous person—past or present—would you most like to have dinner with and where would you go? 

Madeleine Albright is a personal hero of mine. I have always appreciated her no-nonsense style and strategic diplomacy in achieving peace accords. I would settle for a lengthy conversation with her—skip the food. 

Describe your favorite pastime.  

I love being outside in all four seasons and am game for most outdoor adventures. Simply put, don't fence me in!  

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