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Tier-1 Engineering Initiative|College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • High Bay Research Facility breaks ground in March 2015

    UW's High Bay Research Facility will elevate energy research and education to benefit the state and nation.

  • Robotics faculty and students

    In the years to come, UW will become one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Read more about our aspirations and goals.

  • Research Centers of Excellence

    Collaboration between college departments has paved the way to innovative research that breaks free from traditional methods.


A Rise To Prominence

Now is the time to be part of the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science. After a significant investment from Wyoming state government in 2012, the Tier-1 Engineering Initiative was created to elevate the college to new heights of excellence in education, research and service. The initiative focuses on the following strategic goals:

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Education
  • World-Class Research and Graduate Education
  • Productive Economic Development
  • K-14 STEM Education
Read more about the Tier-1 Engineering Initiative and what it means for our future.

What is a Tier-1 university?

A Tier-1 university is a nationally recognized institution of academic excellence and world-class research. It provides greater opportunities for students to work with world-class faculty in nationally ranked programs and engage in cutting-edge research and learning. Subsequently, degrees from a Tier-1 institution have a brand that is nationally recognized and globally respected.

UW Tier-1 Initiative in Action

Excellence in undergraduate education

Brenna Doherty

From Professional Skater to Engineer

It’s a question that Brenna Doherty gets asked quite often. She’s used to it and doesn’t mind answering, but some have a hard time believing it.

Productive economic development through partnerships

Hess Corporation becomes UW single-largest donor.

Transformational Investments

Industry partnerships have pushed the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science to the national forefront in research and education.

World-class research and graduate education

Allen Morris

Opportunities for grad students to make real impacts available at UW

After graduating from Northern Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and accounting, Allen Morris decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Wyoming for two primary reasons.

K-14 STEM education

Young Wyoming students participating in demonstrations

CEAS Entertains Wyoming Science Fair Students

The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science partnered with the Laramie Robotics Club and the Exploring Engineering group at the UW Student Union to entertain dozens of middle school through high school Wyoming State Science Fair participants as the students moved between events.

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Undergraduate Engineering Scholars Program

Outstanding students interested in being mentored in top-level research receive $6,000 of annual funding to help cover the cost of tuition, room and board.

Making a Lasting Impact

Research by our faculty and students touch people's lives around the world, including new advances in robotics, innovative energy development, improving composite materials, increasing understanding of weather and building the cities of tomorrow.

Our facilities

Our students and faculty have access to facilities that feature only the most cutting-edge technology.

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