Governor Mead created the Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force in May of 2012 to address the challenge set forth by the Wyoming State Legislature in House Bill 121 which called for an “approach to lead the University towards a Tier 1 academic and research institution in areas of excellence appropriate for Wyoming”. A Tier 1 engineering school is defined by its high quality, substantial impact on science, and its visibility to the world. The path forward is expected to integrate seamlessly with significant investments already made at the University in the areas of energy, engineering, computational capacity, science, technology and mathematics. In their report to Governor Mead and legislature, the Task Force recommended a strengthened undergraduate program on par with other top tier schools and identified six potential niche specialties for graduate and research programs the University may undertake. Equally important, recommendations assert the belief that design and construction of science facilities at the university should should reflect the Tier 1 goal. Based on the Task Force recommendations, in April of 2013 the University released its implementation plan, University of Wyoming Engineering Initiative: Toward Tier 1 for Wyoming, naming the niche research specialties: Unconventional Reservoirs; Advanced Coal Technologies and Energy Conversion and Delivery; Computational Science and Engineering for Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science; Water Resources; and Biological and Biomedical Engineering. With the help of an expanded Task Force, the university is currently working on implementation of the initiative.
Create and maintain a Tier 1 engineering and research institution for the University of Wyoming with a rock-solid undergraduate program and obtain a position within the top quartile of engineering rankings for graduate education among engineering schools. The overall plan should be: achievable within the next several years; relevant to the economy of Wyoming into the future; and relevant to industry present today.
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The Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force and the Governor’s Policy Office