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Tier 1 plans taking shape at UW

Tier 1 plans taking shape at UW

Oct 29, 2013 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- During the next seven years, The University of Wyoming plans to ramp up scholarship, faculty positions, fellowship funds and facilities with the goal of achieving tier 1 status for the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Khaled A.M. Gasem, associate provost for Graduate Education and interim dean for College of Engineering and Applied Science, updated the UW Board of Trustees on Wednesday, detailing the plan's latest developments.

Gov. Matt Mead and legislators set forth a vision in 2012 to "propel the College of Engineering into the realms of excellence," Gasem said.

To do so, Mead created the "Wyoming Governor's Energy, Engineering, STEM Integration Task Force" in 2012, a group of corporate and government officials to oversee the tier 1 plan, also called the "Engineering Initiative."

"Now is a time to move Wyoming forward in the research and instruction done at UW," Mead stated in the 2012 news release announcing the task force. "One of the most powerful research supercomputers in the world is now operating in Wyoming. With our diverse and abundant energy reserves, our state also presents an opportunity for real-world problem solving for students and faculty alike. Cutting-edge work is already being done at UW and we want to build on it."

Gasem said an "implementation team" of university officials would present a plan to Mead's task force by Jan. 15.

"We'll outline not only what we will be doing for the next two years, but rather what we'll be doing from now until 2020," Gasem said.

The plan should provide metrics to monitor progress in developing curriculum, research initiatives, community services and industry engagement, he said.

"All of that will be hopefully quantified in some meaningful fashion that we can all point to and use to chart the progress," Gasem said.

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