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In May 2012, Governor Mead, the State Legislature and the Wyoming Governor’s Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force articulated a vision to propel the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and the University of Wyoming (UW) to the realms of excellence in instruction, research and service. UW’s leadership, faculty and staff are committed to this vision; and equally important, UW’s industry partners have embraced this vision and will help actualize it.
Our Aspiration: A Tier-1 college is a nationally recognized institution of academic excellence and world-class research. The unambiguous goal of the Tier 1 Engineering Initiative is to elevate UW’s CEPS to national prominence in undergraduate education and selected areas of research, and to enhance economic development in Wyoming. To this end, the implementation plan of the initiative focuses on the following strategic goals:
Excellence in Undergraduate Education: The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences has solid educational programs that produce talented graduates, who are in demand by employers. Our goal is to enhance these programs and expand our local recognition to a national reputation.
World-Class Research and Graduate Education: Research leading to discovery and innovation often happens at the interface of different disciplines, where ideas and talents intersect to solve pressing problems. We seek to build world-class interdisciplinary research capabilities in selected areas that will have significant impact on Wyoming and the nation and enrich student mentoring.
Productive Economic Development through Partnerships: We will promote discovery and innovation and seek productive partnerships with the state, national agencies, and industry to actualize research findings and catalyze economic development in Wyoming.
K-14 STEM Education: Strength in K-14 education can enhance the quality and quantity of students who pursue STEM programs at UW and ultimately pursue high-impact careers in the State. We will introduce STEM concepts early in the K-12 educational experience, and we will also enrich the STEM skill sets of UW’s freshmen and sophomore students to improve performance and retention.
Outcomes. The outcomes of this investment will be transformative. By the completion of Phase 3 in 2025, the CEAS will:
Increase undergraduate enrollment from 1,400 to 2,200
Increase graduate enrollment to 560
Double the number of financial awards and scholarships
Establish research centers of excellence in at least six critical areas of engineering and applied science consistent with creating economic impact to the state
Wyoming state government has made a significant investment in a historic initiative to propel UW to the realms of excellence. This is the beginning of a process to transform the University of Wyoming and deliver greater value to the people of Wyoming.