John T. Boyd Challenge


SME New York Section Alan Oshiki and Tim Alch, from the SME New York Section,
receive the 2023 John T. Boyd
Challenge Award from
SMEF President, Tom Rauch


Since its establishment in 1991, the SME Foundation has substantially benefited from the support of John T. Boyd, and it is in his honor that the John T. Boyd Challenge was established by the Foundation's Board of Trustees. This distinction was created to recognize donors (individuals, companies, SME Divisions, or any other entity) who have contributed to the Foundation (in a single sum or cumulatively) gifts of $10,000 or more individually, or $50,000 from an organization.

Challenge Contributors
The following people or companies have met the John T. Boyd Challenge and their names are prominently displayed on a plaque in SME Headquarters. Each year new contributors are recognized in Mining Engineering and honored at a special ceremony at the SME Annual Meeting. We sincerely thank them for selecting the SME Foundation as their cause to champion.

 Richard E. Gray Thomas C. Rauch
Marc A. Herpfer First Majestic Silver Corp.
Virginia T. McLemore Flanders Inc.
Joshua F. Olmsted RESPEC
SME New York Section 
 Fred Banfield, Jr. Tim and Gail O'Neil
 Ken and Sue Brunk Jeffrey Pontius
Gary Goldberg George Sturgis, Jr. 
 Thomas L. Drielick Steve and Cindy Holmes
 Steve Gardner and Karen Wilson Martin Marietta Materials Inc.
 Daniel W. Kappes Cementation USA, Inc.
John and Dana Marsden Epiroc
 Bo Yu Eriez Magnetics
 Richard Hodgson Donald R. Taylor
 George A. Mealey JENNMAR
 Barbara J. Arnold Dr. Ihor Kunasz & Mrs. Zenovia Kunasz
Dennis P. Bryan Herbert Welhener
Robert and Judith Freas Boart Longyear
 Red Conger and Sissy Sailors Bob & Diane Filler 
 Richard L. Nielsen Deepak & Lakshmi Ramani 
Gary L. Skaggs 
 Sukumar Bandopadhyay Kel Buchanan 
R. Gene Dewey   C. Dale & Kathy Elifrits
Gautam & Geetha Ramani   Bechtel Mining & Metals
Kinross Gold Corporation 
 Barbara A. Filas  Patrick James
Ronald & Connie Parratt William L. Wilson
Cloud Peak Energy  Fluor Corp. 
 IMERYS The Lehmann Family Fund 
 Royal Gold Inc. Xcoal Energy & Resources
 Ryan T. Bennett Severn P. Brown 
Jason Reid Robert S. Shoemaker
Mack Shumate Jack Thompson
 Larry Watters Drummond Company 
David & Patrice Kanagy Jessica E. & Robert W. Kogel
Richard J. Lambert George & Deanna Luxbacher
William Reid Steve & Peggy Richards
Richard M. Whiting Alliance Resource Partners, LP
Cliffs Natural Resources Joy Global Inc.
Murray Energy Corporation Rio Tinto/Kennecott Utah Copper, LLC
Bart & Peggy Hyita Robert Kilborn 
Mary B. Korpi  Arthur & Denise Schweizer 
Larry Washow Pamela K. Wilkinson 
AIPG Foundation  Denver Region Exploration Geologists' Society 
Denver Gold Group El Pomar Foundation
Gold Resource Corporation  Martin Marietta Inc. 
 Mintec, Inc.  
Ross R. Bhappu   Harry M. Conger 
Stanley Dempsey  David K. Fagin 
Tim & Mary Haddon George R. Ireland
Marc LeVier  Drew & Dixie Meyer
John N. Murphy Thomas C. Patton
Randall Weeks Stuart Sanderson & Colorado Mining Association
David M. Boyd Bill & Lucy Hancock
Thomas J. O'Neil Robert W. Schafer
CONSOL Energy Rosebud Mining
Donald B. Achttien Paul A. Bailly
Scott McIntosh Family Fund Nelson Severinghaus, Jr.
William H. Wilkinson AngloGold Ashanti NA
Barrick North America Caterpillar Global Mining
Chaney Foundation Chevron Mining
Dolese Brothers Company National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
Rocks Build America Foundation Vulcan Materials Company
Wayne L. Dowdey Genwal Resources Inc.
West Ridge Resources Inc.
John T. Boyd, II George V. Weisdack
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Mining & Metallurgical Society of America
Thomas V. Falkie Raja V. Ramani
Nikhil Trivedi The John T. Boyd Family
The Syd S. Peng Family Peabody Energy
SME Coal & Energy Division SME Mining & Exploration Division