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Governor Thanks Engineering Task Force for Providing Clear Plan


October 31, 2013 — 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 Science 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,” the governor says. “This summer the task force was expanded to include more representation from UW, and that has worked out well as we move toward 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 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.”

The governor says he is reviewing the proposal.

“This is a strong proposal, in that it lays out a clear plan for how to move toward our shared goal of having one of the best colleges 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.

To see the latest task force report, click here.

To see the funding request, click here.

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