Mackay Research

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, the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering 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.

Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

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.

Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG)

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.

Center for Neotectonic Studies (CNS)

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.

Arthur Brant Laboratory for Exploration Geophysics (ABLE)

At ABLE, geoscientists learn how to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of geophysical remote sensing, potential fields/electrical methods and geographic information systems.

Collaboratory for Computational Geosciences (CCoG)

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.

Dendro Laboratory

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.

Geospatial Laboratory (G-Lab)

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.

Microbeam Laboratory

State of the art scanning electron microscope lab for imaging and microanalyses for a wide variety of applications. Available to other departments on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, other universities, government agencies, and private companies.

Mining Life-Cycle Center (MLC)

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.