An order for all Ohioans to stay at home starting at 11:59 p.m. Monday has been ordered by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, which affects us at ISEE.

The order includes three parts:

  1. Stay at home order allows for leaving home for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, take care of others – family members, friends, pets in another household
  2. The identification of essential workers and businesses
  3. Each business that is allowed to stay open must follow good health, safety protocol, such as maintaining six foot distance, washing hands, hand sanitizing products, separate operating hours for vulnerable populations, online and remote access for customers

ISEE staff has been working remotely for the past week and will continue to do so until the lock down order is lifted on April 6. Bookstore orders and all correspondences sent via mail will be responded to after the lock down has been lifted.

As always, we are focused on making sure we still provide our members the best customer service during this time. We can be reached by phone at (440) 349-4400 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ISEE has been actively monitoring the evolving situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact to our members, employees and chapters.

ISEE’s office is closed to the public starting Monday, March 16 in accordance with CDC recommendations on COVID-19 regarding social distancing.

While the ISEE office is closed to the public, business is still open. Our staff is focused on making sure we still provide our members the best customer service during this time. As always, you can reach us by phone at (440) 349-4400 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The SEE Education Foundation will be awarding $92,500 USD in scholarships to students pursuing degrees related to the explosives industry. The scholarship acceptance period is Feb. 28, 2020, to May 8, 2020.

To be eligible, students must be, or plan to be, pursuing a technical, undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degree in a field related to the commercial explosives industries. Students will be assessed on academic and professional achievements, industry goals, a personal challenges narrative and a brief statement of financial need.

Each year, the scholarship committee reviews and scores applications from students in a wide range of disciplines and makes awards ranging from $1,500 USD to a top award of $7,500 USD to well-qualified students.

About the SEE Education Foundation
The SEE Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in 1996 to serve the long-term education interests of the explosives industry through the development of education and training materials, championing the inclusion of explosives instruction in engineering curricula and awarding scholarships to eligible students.

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Nearly 1,600 people from around the world met Jan. 26-29, 2020, in Denver, Colo., for the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, the world’s largest conference on explosives engineering.

The conference included technical and poster sessions, workshops, industry socials and more than 150 exhibits showcasing latest technology. Keynote presenter Sean Brady, Ph.D., kicked off the event with his discussion on the possible limitations of expertise.

The online SEE Education Foundation auction, which wrapped up Tuesday, Jan. 28, raised nearly $7,500. Big-ticket items included one-of-a-kind quilt from Crazy Horse Memorial, a lifetime ISEE membership and a Taos Ski Valley getaway.

The money raised through the auction will go to the Education Foundation ISEE Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to college students from across the globe who are pursuing careers in the blasting industry.

Ronald Thomas was awarded the Distinguished Service Award; Ben Donnachie and Richard Hosley Jr. both won the Blaster's Leadership Award; George Aday was awarded the Driller of the Year Award; Joseph Nawrocki and Michael Chiurato won the President's Award; Joseph Hijny won the Industry Service Award; John Brulia and the ISEE Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter were inducted into the President's Club; Travis Davidsavor and David Provost were awarded Paper of the Year. Alfred Nobel was also inducted into the Explosives Industry Hall of Fame.

Passing of the Gavel and Other Board Moves
Alastair Torrance, Kilmorie Consulting, New South Wales, Australia, became the newest ISEE Board of Directors President during the Tuesday, Jan. 28 passing of the gavel ceremony. Braden Lusk, Dyno Nobel, moved to Vice President of Administration; Janeen Smith, J. Smith & Associates, LLC, moved to Technical Vice President; John Watson moved to Treasurer; and Kristen Kolden, Alaska Seismic & Environmental, moved to Secretary.

Kristie Allen-Bishop; Travis Davidsavor; Johan Gjødvad; Richard O'Meara; Thomas Palangio, Jr.; and Cesar Velasco, who were voted onto the Board of Directors, officially began their new roles.

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Congratulations to Carolyn Katzman for taking home a free 47th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique registration. Carolyn’s photo contest entry titled Explosive Moon Dent won Best in Show.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year. There were so many great entries.

Honorable mention goes out to Entry 3: Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Grant Brisk; Entry 6: Boulder Canyon Highway 119 - Grant Brisk; Entry 11: Pikes Peak Summit Complex - Grant Brisk; Entry 18: Falcon Fly-by - Matt Gillette; Entry 22: Quarries - Audry Henson; Entry 23: Tappan Zee Bridge - Joe Grant.

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