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Office of Research and Economic Development

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development is a service organization to the faculty, staff and students of the University of Wyoming. It is our goal to provide swift, accurate and expert service to enhance the research missions of individuals and various units within the University. To that end we have labored to place the assets within the office onto the desktops of researchers through this web site.

The Office of Research & Economic Development works with faculty, staff and students in all seven colleges and UW's outreach programs to link research, technology transfer, and economic development efforts to enhance federal, state and private sector support for faculty and graduate student scholarship. In a real sense, the office coordinates the origination, organization and execution of UW's research mission with principal investigators, departments, colleges, centers and institutes. Also the Research Office through the Research Product Center, works with faculty, staff, and student inventors to identify, protect and commercialize various kinds of intellectual property. These services are provided so that scholarly activities accomplished at UW enhance the creation of the new knowledge, new applications of existing knowledge, and positively impact economic development and society in general.

Professor loooking at brain scan.Advancing Research and Scholarship at the University of Wyoming: A Focus on Society’s Grand Challenges

The Office of Research and Economic Development, together with Academic Affairs, is launching a research strategic planning activity that focuses on society’s grand, transdisciplinary research challenges. Learn more about the motivation, scope, and desired outcomes of this activity.


Enabling Science through Computation

The future is now in scientific research at the University of Wyoming


 Meet Vice President Ed Synakowski

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Ed Synakowski serves as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Wyoming, as well as professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to joining UW in August 2017, Ed was Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences in the U.S. Department of Energy where he was responsible for strategic planning for national programs, budget formulation and execution, project oversight, and was also instrumental in forging intra-agency partnerships and overseas collaborations, including collaborations with universities, private industry, and national labs. For his federal service, Ed was awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Meritorious Service Award in 2017. Ed is also an accomplished researcher in fusion and plasma physics, and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles over the course of his career. He's received awards for excellence in plasma physics research from Princeton University and the American Physical Society. VP Synakowski holds a Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the UK’s Institute of Physics.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

Dept. 3355, 1000 E. University Avenue

Old Main Room 308

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5353

Fax: (307) 766-2608

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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