Research Provides the Competitive Edge. Today's competitive job market caters to job-seekers with the following skills: efficiency, adaptability and strong communication skills. The skills learned through research enable the college graduate to investigate and adapt to new ideas while pursuing them in an efficient manner. In short, research allows students to hone the very skills that employers are in search of.
To provide students with excellent research opportunities, Mackay maintains several recognized research centers as well as some notable research laboratories where students of earth sciences and engineering can gain industry-applicable skills and enrich their education.
Promoting the development of geothermal energy as an economically viable and clean energy source, the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy is on the forefront of fostering new scientific and technological developments of geothermal energy production, storage, transmission and use.
A world-class program of research and education in economic geology and mineral deposits, the Center for Research in Economic Geology is focused on producing high-quality research and well-educated professionals for careers in the mining industry.
Emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach, the MLC is focused on addressing the key environmental and life-cycle issues facing the mining industry in the U.S. and abroad.
With the goals of understanding the physics of earthquake recurrence, the growth of mountains, and the seismic hazard embodied in these processes, the Center for Neotectonic Studies offers some exciting research opportunities in neotectonics and closely related disciplines.
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At ABLE, geoscientists learn how to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of geophysical remote sensing, potential fields/electrical methods and geographic information systems.
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A facility for massively parallel computing, the CCoG offers students of geological sciences and engineering the opportunity to gain skills in parallelized coding and execution.
Dedicated to tree-ring analysis, the Dendro Lab provides the opportunity for students to gain practical knowledge of the relation between tree growth and climate.
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In the G-Lab, students can apply GIS technologies and spatial statistics to the research of ecosystems pattern and processes and their affected biotic and abiotic components.
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