The John Mackay Club is the student chapter of SME, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. Membership consists primarily of Mining Engineering majors but also includes students from other earth sciences. The club serves to connect students with industry, promote professional development, and provide a social outlet for students.
Each year the club sends members to the SME Annual Meeting, where they compete in the SME/NSSGA (National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association) Student Mine Design Competition and have traditionally placed very well. Also, each year the club fields multiple teams for the International Intercollegiate Mining Competition. In 2015, the club will send teams to Kalgoorlie, Australia where they will compete against teams from the United States, Australia, and Great Britain, testing their skills against one another in both older (hand mucking) and newer (jackleg drilling) mining techniques.
In addition to competitions and meetings, the Mackay Club holds barbeques, mine trips, and sponsors events during Mackay Week with the Mackay Rockhounds Club. All these activities are made possible by the generous support from individuals and industry.
If you would like to support the John Mackay Club, or are interested in making a presentation at one of our meetings please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Charles Kocsis or: