McKee Foundation gives $21,500 to support engineering

Writer: Jeanette Smith

The New Mexico State University Library has been awarded an $11,500 gift and the College of Engineering has been awarded a gift of $10,000 from the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation of El Paso, Tex.

The library’s portion of the gift will be used for the purchase of current engineering reference materials which will build the collection to better serve the needs of not only NMSU’s engineering students, but also faculty and researchers within our region and the state.

Engineering Librarian Paula Johnson said that the gift will enable the library to offer electronic engineering resources which are critically needed in this field. With the rapid advancements in engineering, the acquisition of current resources is critical to students and researchers alike. The Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Collection 3 & 4 will add 125 titles and provide not only a valuable source of information but also an ideal introduction to new fields. With these acquisitions being electronic in nature, more students, faculty and researchers will have increased access to these resources and be able to download PDF versions of the titles.

The $10,000 gift to the College of Engineering will provide scholarships to deserving students with need in electrical, civil and mechanical engineering.

The McKee Foundation has supported the College of Engineering since 1986 and the McKee Foundation Scholarship was established in 1991. The foundation has supported the library since 1995. Robert E. McKee is remembered as the “master builder” whose construction company, McKee Construction, built seven buildings on the NMSU campus.

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