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Our Board of Directors



Braden T. Lusk
Dyno Nobel

Vice President, Administration

Janeen T. Smith
J. Smith & Associates, LLC

Vice President, Technical

John T. Watson


Kristen N. Kolden
Alaska Seismic & Environmental


Douglas O. Hoy
Sayre Associates Inc
South Dakota

Past President

Alastair C. Torrance
Kilmorie Consulting
New South Wales, Australia


Kristie Allen-Bishop

Travis Davidsavor

Mark Dean

Johan Gjødvad

Brian Lewis

Frank Lucca

Enrique Munaretti

Billy Obermire

Thomas Palangio, Jr.

Matt Spina

Cesar Velasco

Luis Velasquez

Toby Wallace

Executive Director

Steven B. Shivak


Awards Committee

Goal: To recommend a recipient for an Annual Award of Merit and other awards and to function as a mechanism for administration of these awards, which it believes promote the objectives of the society. Executive Liaison: Braden Lusk; Chair: John Watson

Blasters’ Training and Education Committee

Goal: To promote training for the benefit of members and others who apply scientific principals and techniques as they pertain to the use, handling, manufacture, transportation and storage of explosives. Executive Liaison: Kristen Kolden; Co-Chairs: Kurt Oakes; Kristie Allen-Bishop; Enrique Munaretti; Larry Mirabelli

Conference Advisory Committee

Goal: An ad hoc committee developed to serve as a liaison for members to discuss suggestions for changes to the annual conference related to the non-technical activities and make recommendations to the executive director and the board of directors. Executive Liaison: Janeen Smith; Chair: Mark Dean

Conference Program Committee

Goal: To plan and organize the program of technical presentations at the annual conference. Executive Liaison: Janeen Smith; Co-Chairs: Richard O’Meara; Catherine Johnson

Constitution Committee

Goal: To monitor and propose changes to the organization’s key governance documents. Executive Liaison: Braden Lusk; Chair: Kristen Kolden

Ethics Committee

Goal: To be a sounding board for ethics concerns from members and to implement a monitoring system to handle inquires. Chair: Braden Lusk

Explosives Security; Government Affairs and Transportation; Technical, Safety, and Environment Committee

Goal: To review standards and regulations regarding the security of explosives in the industry. Executive Liaison: Kristen Kolden; Chair: Mike Allen

Finance Committee

Executive Liaison: John Watson; Chair: Ric Hosley

Foundation Scholarship Committee

Goal: To support the education goals of the SEE Education Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who meet the following: Currently pursuing technical undergraduate, graduate or doctorate degrees in fields of education related to the commercial explosives industry; Must have completed at least one year of an accredited post secondary program; Able to demonstrate financial need. Executive Liaison: Jack Eloranta; Chair: Travis Davidsavor

International Committee

Goal: To implement the promotion of international relations and affiliations with organizations in the explosives field and related industries. Executive Liaison: Alastair Torrance; Co-Chairs: Johan Gjødvad; Cesar Velasco

ISEE Standards Committee

Goal: To develop and maintain standards consistent with the policies established by the board of directors. Executive Liaison: Janeen Smith; Co-Chairs: Johan Gjødvad; Ken Eltschlager

Chapter and Membership Support Committee

Goal: To promote membership in the society and make recommendations in the interest of members and ISEE. Executive Liaison: Alastair Torrance; Co-Chairs: Daniel Leach; Travis Davidsavor

Nominating Committee

Goal: To monitor and recruit candidates for the board of directors with a focus on strategic planning and resource needs for the governance of the organization. Executive Liaison: Braden Lusk; Chair: James Daley

Planning Committee

Goal: To consider the long-range objectives for the society to determine the effectiveness with which the organization’s objectives are being met. Executive Liaison: Braden Lusk; Chair: Janeen Smith

Public Education and Public Relations Committee

Goal: To make recommendations regarding society activities that focus on raising public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the explosives industry. Executive Liaison: Kristen Kolden; Chair: Doug Hoy

Publications Committee

Goal: To review and recommend to the board of directors the policy to be established respecting the technical content of the official publication of the society (Journal of Explosives Engineering). Executive Liaison: James Daley; Chair: Mark Dean



Drilling Section


  • To conduct a meeting at the ISEE annual meeting; to form work groups within the section to examine drilling issues.
  • To develop standards for drilling practices.
  • To exchange information about drilling through the Journal of Explosives Engineering and the ISEE website.
  • To submit papers on drilling safety, controls accuracy and new technologies for a drilling session at the annual conference.

Chair: Mike Martin; Board Liaison: Kristie Allen-Bishop; Executive Liaison: John Watson

Seismograph Section


  • To conduct a meeting at the ISEE annual meeting.
  • To form work groups within the section to examine seismograph issues.
  • To develop standards for seismograph use.
  • To exchange information about the blast vibration field through the Journal of Explosives Engineering and the ISEE website.
  • To establish standards for seismograph equipment calibrations, standard protocol for testing and performance and user guidelines.

Chair: Doug Hoy; Executive Liaison: John Watson


Fragblast Section


  • To organize the International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting
  • To develop and produce the Blasting & Fragmentation Journal with papers focusing primarily in the area of fragmentation by blasting from scientists and engineers from around the world.

Co-Chair: Thomas Palangio Jr.; Jose Sanchidrian; Executive Liaison: John Watson

Emerging Professionals Section


  • Grow new industry professionals’ involvement in the society by engaging, retaining, and mentoring new members through providing professional networking opportunities and guidance.

Chair: Travis Davidsavor; Executive Liaison: James Daley