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News Release: Governor Thanks Engineering Task Force for Providing Clear Plan

October 30, 2013

News Release: Governor Thanks Engineering Task Force for Providing Clear Plan


State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

October 31, 2013


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

Governor Thanks Engineering Task Force for Providing Clear Plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force presented its recommendation to the Governor on measures to move the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to a Tier 1 institution.

“This Task Force is made up of leaders in their respective fields and they continue to give generously of their time and knowledge. I thank them for that commitment to Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “This summer the Task Force was expanded to include more representation from UW and that has worked out well as we move towards implementing recommendations and doing it soon.”

The Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force plan for implementing its proposals includes a funding request. That request is for $17.8 million dollars over the next two-years, composed of $8.6 million in state funding and $9.2 million from the University of Wyoming. According to the Task Force the funding is, “aimed at jump-starting this historical initiative.”

Governor Mead said he is reviewing the proposal. “This is a strong proposal, in that it lays out a clear plan for how to move towards our shared goal of having one of the best College of Engineering in the country. I look forward to getting more details in January and hope to recommend most of what the Task Force has proposed. It does strengthen the proposal to see that UW is committed to this plan in words and in dollars.”

Governor Mead will present his budget to the State Legislature by early December.



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