Maki Chair of Hydrologic Sciences


Based upon the revenues generated from the Rebel Carwash (Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas) the Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS) has created the Maki Chair of Hydrologic Sciences.  The Rebel Carwash was donated to the then Water Resources Center by Mr. and Mrs. Maki.  Sulo O. Maki was born May 22, 1907 in Seattle to parents who had emigrated from Finland.  Aileen and Sulo were married in 1930 and they built and managed apartment complexes in Seattle prior to moving to Las Vegas in 1951.  Upon moving to Las Vegas, they bought 160 acres of land to the southwest of downtown, near a then dirt road named Maryland Parkway.  A portion of this purchase was developed into the Longacres complex, one acre of which housed DRI's second office in Las Vegas.  Following his appointment with the Water Resources Center in February 1970, Mr. Nate Cooper began what would become a long and substantial relationship with Sulo and Aileen Maki.  The Maki's philanthropic spirit, focused in southern Nevada, continues to provide significant benefits to DHS and DRI in general.

Definition & Eligibility

The Maki Chair of Hydrologic Sciences is designed as a rotating position with duration of one to three years and an annual budget of $50,000.  All DHS full-time Rank III or IV research faculty with at least five years of service at the Rank II or above level, and who have not held this position for a time equal to at least twice the duration of the prior award, are eligible for consideration.  Ideas of faculty retention, providing a means to recognize the outstanding contributions of faculty to DHS and DRI, and creating a tangible reward for promotion, have guided the development of this Chair position.


The award will be based upon a review of proposals demonstrating an outstanding record of prior accomplishments at DRI and a compelling plan for the investment of the funds associated with the Maki Chair.  Appropriate investment strategies include but are not limited to: faculty salary & benefits, graduate student and/or post doctoral faculty salary & benefits, equipment, and travel.  Proposals will be solicited periodically by the DHS Executive Director.  The DHS Executive Committee will evaluate all proposals and make a recommendation to the DHS Executive Director who will award the Maki Chair.  Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages, single spaced, in length with a separate detailed budget and current resume.  Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Previous DRI accomplishments - 40%
  • Creativity and relevance of newly proposed activities - 20%
  • Potential positive impacts to the individual and DHS - 20%
  • Likelihood of achieving successful outcomes - 20%

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