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Industry Partnerships

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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.

Most recently, UW announced a transformational investment of $15 million from Hess Corporation, bringing its total investment in UW since 2013 to $25 million. This makes Hess the single largest corporate partner in the university’s history. Hess is an industry leader in unconventional reservoirs of oil and gas with premier acreage in the core of two prime U.S. shale plays -- the Bakken and the Utica. Hess’s $15 million commitment includes $5 million for the High Bay Research Facility, $5 million for sponsored research on unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, $4.5 million for equipment and technology within the High Bay Research Facility, and $500,000 for laboratory performance development. The state of Wyoming will match $14.5 million of this gift through the state matching program.

Other notable events in recent months include breaking ground March 9 for the High Bay Research Facility. The facility is funded by $37.2 million in state dollars and $16.3 million in private contributions, with an additional $9.2 million in private gifts for research equipment. The private funds have been invested by UW’s most significant corporate partnerships with Hess Corp., Halliburton, ExxonMobil, Ultra Petroleum, Marathon Oil Co., Shell, Baker Hughes and Arch Coal Inc. The Legislature has matched these gifts with a $15 million appropriation to complete funding to build the High Bay Research Facility—with construction expected to be completed in summer 2016.

This facility will host fundamental research on critical aspects of unconventional reservoir characterization and development. Over the long term, it will accommodate other large-scale experimental configurations in a semi-industrial setting. In the 2014 Wyoming legislative session, the governor and the Legislature set aside $10.5 million to match industry investments for technology and equipment for the High Bay Research Facility.


Tier-1 Timeline

2013-16

  • FEI donates $12 million for state-of-the-art imaging equipment, software and support for cutting-edge digital rock research in the High Bay Research Facility (doubled to $24 million by state matched funds)
  • Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility opens for classes
  • Baker Hughes donates $1 million to support research into the behavior of multi-phase fluids in oil and gas reservoirs at UW’s Hess Digital Rock Physics Laboratory
  • Hess donates $15 million, including $5 million for the High Bay Research Facility, $5 million for sponsored research on unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, $4.5 million for equipment and technology within the High Bay Research Facility, and $500,000 for laboratory performance development (leveraged to $29.5 million by state matching funds)
  • Hess is the single largest corporate partner in UW history, with investments totaling $25 million since 2013
  • High Bay Research Facility breaks ground
  • Michael Pishko takes over as Dean of College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming State Legislature approve biennium funding of $8 million for Phase 1 of the Engineering Initiative, in addition to the $18.4 million for facilities development.
  • Ultra Petroleum donates $2 million to support and enhance UW’s energy research and academic program (doubled to $4 million by state matched funds)
  • Hess donates $2 million to support construction of High Bay Research Facility, $1.5 million for instrumentation in digital rock physics lab, $800,000 to purchase computation for reservoir imaging and $700,000 for sponsored research concerning unconventional reservoirs
  • Halliburton donates $2 million to support construction of High Bay Research Facility and another $1 million for researching unconventional reservoirs (doubled to $6 million by state matched funds)
  • ExxonMobil donates $2.5 million to support science and technology education and oil/gas technology research (doubled to $5 million by state matched funds)
  • UW School of Energy Resources opens the Energy Innovation Center

2009-12

  • Shell donates $500,000 for UW’s energy research and academic program (doubled to $1 million by state matching funds)
  • Peabody Energy donates $2 million to create Peabody Energy Clean Coal Technology Laboratory (doubled to $4 million by state matching funds)
  • Marathon Oil donates $1 million for UW’s energy research and academic program (doubled to $2 million by state matching funds)
  • Hess donates $4.4 million to establish digital rock physics lab in Energy Innovation Center and another $600,000 to sponsor research (doubled to $8.8 million by state matching funds)
  • Baker Hughes donates $500,000 for UW’s energy research and academic program (doubled to $1 million by state matching funds)
  • Arch Coal donates $1.5 million for student and faculty support for improved technologies for energy extraction from coal (doubled to $3 million by state matching funds)
  • Ultra Petroleum donates $2 million to support and enhance UW’s energy research and academic program (doubled to $4 million by state matched funds)
  • Gov. Mead and the Wyoming State Legislature approve biennium funding of $8 million for Phase 1 of the Engineering Initiative, in addition to the $18.4 million for facilities development.
  • UW School of Energy Resources opens the Energy Innovation Center

2007-08

  • Shell donates $2 million for the Shell 3-D Visualization Center (doubled to $4 million by state matching funds)
  • Marathon Oil donates $1 million for energy education and research (doubled to $2 million by state matching funds)
  • ConocoPhillips donates $500,000 for energy education and research (doubled to $1 million by state matching funds)
  • BP donates $5 million for energy education and research (doubled to $10 million by state matching funds)
  • Anadarko donates $1.5 million for energy education and research (doubled to $3 million by state matching funds)

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