OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Task Force Presents Recommendations for Tier 1 Engineering School
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force released its strategy for creating a Tier 1 Engineering program at the University of Wyoming today. Governor Matt Mead created the Task Force and charged its members to develop an approach for the University to establish an academic and research institution of excellence appropriate for Wyoming.
Governor Mead specifically wanted ideas focused on the engineering program, rather than the building, for which the state is already preparing to spend over $100 million to construct. “The members of the Task Force care deeply about Wyoming and we share a desire to have UW be a national leader in engineering. I thank the members of the Task Force for their expertise and their personal investment in this effort,” Governor Mead said. “These recommendations lay out a course towards excellence that will benefit the entire state.”
The Task Force is chaired by Governor Dave Freudenthal and Chad Deaton, the Executive Chairman of Baker Hughes. Both are University of Wyoming alumni. The Task Force report states, “We strongly believe that while we don’t have the same resource base as many well-known engineering schools this should not stop us from pursuing Tier 1 status. It does mean, however, that prioritization of our resources is absolutely critical… Determined leadership from all sectors is key.”
Governor Mead pledged his commitment to the Task Force’s recommendations. “Now is a time to move Wyoming forward in the research and instruction done at UW. One of the most powerful research supercomputers in the world is now operating in Wyoming. With our diverse and abundant energy reserves, our state also presents an opportunity for real-world problem solving for students and faculty alike. Cutting-edge work is already being done at UW and we want to build on it.”
“The University appreciates the efforts of the Task Force, the Governor and the Legislature to help our College of Engineering and Applied Science reach greater heights,” UW President Tom Buchanan said. “These recommendations for programmatic improvements, combined with existing and proposed legislative appropriations for facilities, represent a remarkable opportunity for the University to become an even more significant intellectual and economic catalyst for Wyoming. We look forward to the challenge of developing a multifaceted effort which will meet the directive of the Legislature, and the expectations of those who recognize how important it is for us to succeed.”