Ralph E. Goodell, president of Western Aggregates Mining and Manufacturing, has been elected chairman of the Utah Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, a constituent of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers Inc.

He succeeds W. Loring McMorris III, Deister Concentrator Co.Other officers are Robert J. Bayer, vice president of JBR Consultants, vice chairman; Tracy Shrier, chief geologist at Barrick Mercur Gold Mines, vice chairwoman; Charles W. Berry, professor of mining engineering at the University of Utah, secretary; and Leon A. Jeanott of the Jeanott Group, treasurer.