Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering

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The Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, formerly Mackay School of Mines, is a specialized school within the University of Nevada, Reno.

It is named after John William Mackay. In June 1908 the Mackay School of Mines was presented to the University of Nevada, as a memorial to him, by his widow and his son, Clarence H. Mackay. A statue of John Mackay by Gutzon Borglum stands in front of the mining building on the main quad of the campus.

Part of the College of Science, the School has three academic departments: Geological Sciences and Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Geography.[1] The Mackay School also houses four departments devoted to public service: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, Nevada State Climate Office, and the Nevada Stable Isotope Laboratory. Research facilities include the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, Center for Research in Economic Geology, Mining Life-Cycle Center, Center for Neotectonic Studies, Arthur Brant Laboratory for Exploration Geophysics, Collaboratory for Computational Geosciences, Dendro Laboratory, and Geospatial Laboratory. The school is also affiliated with the U.S. Geological Survey and Desert Research Institute.

Degrees offered include:

  • Geology - B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Geological Engineering - B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Geophysics - B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Geochemistry - M.S., Ph.D.
  • Hydrogeology - B.S.
  • Mining Engineering - B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Geography - B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum[edit]

The W.M. Keck Earth Science and Metal Engineering Museum is located within the building. It focuses on early Nevada mining history, minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, and also contains a collection of ornate Mackay family silver completed by Tiffany & Co. in 1878.[2]

Mackay School of Mines Building[edit]

Mackay School of Mines Building
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Front of the Mackay Mines building
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering is located in Nevada
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
Location University of Nevada, Reno campus, Reno, Nevada
Coordinates 39°32′22″N 119°48′48″W / 39.53944°N 119.81333°W / 39.53944; -119.81333Coordinates: 39°32′22″N 119°48′48″W / 39.53944°N 119.81333°W / 39.53944; -119.81333
Built 1906
Architect William Symmes Richardson, Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian Colonial
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 82003258[3]
Added to NRHP April 1, 1982

The 1908 "Mackay School of Mines Building," is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[3]


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  2. ^ W.M. Keck Museum
  3. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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