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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.

Accolades
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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More than 20 packages, ranging from a beautiful mineral to a ski package at Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts, are available for bidding now at the SEE Education Foundation Online Auction.

The money raised will benefit the ISEE Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to college students pursuing a technical, undergraduate, masters or doctorate degree in fields related to the commercial explosives industries. To date, the SEE Foundation Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $662,000 to nearly 500 students.

Bidding will close Jan. 28, 2020, during the Grand Finale Gala at the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique held in Denver, Colo. Visit the online auction to start your bidding today. And check back often as new packages become available.

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Complimentary English to Spanish translation services will be available onsite Monday through Wednesday for the technical sessions and keynote presentation, a new service provided for the 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique.

Spanish Translation Schedule Snapshot

Monday, Jan. 27
8 - 9 a.m.: Keynote/Opening Session
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Technical Sessions

Tuesday, Jan. 28
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Technical Sessions

Wednesday, Jan. 29
8 a.m. - Noon: Technical Sessions

The 46th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique will be held Jan. 26-29, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.

Visit https://www.isee.org/conferences/2020-conference/schedule to see the entire conference schedule.

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