CAES might partner with University of Wyoming

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies is in preliminary talks with the University of Wyoming to establish a long-term collaborative relationship.

CAES is an Idaho Falls-based research and education partnership comprised of Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho and Idaho National Laboratory. The center’s goal is to become a leader in energy research programs.

To further that effort, CAES is seeking to partner with other educational entities, such as the Laramie, Wyo., university.

“One of the recommendations in the (Leadership in Nuclear Energy) Commission report is that CAES look to expand regionally,” CAES Associate Director Bob Smith said.

The state commission makes recommendations on ways to protect the nuclear energy industry in Idaho.

“(The University of Wyoming) bring strengths in fossil fuels research that Idaho universities don’t have,” Smith said. “By working with them … we have greater opportunities to collaborate to better address the energy needs of the country.”

The Laramie Boomerang newspaper reports the University of Wyoming is considering a nuclear engineering program that would work hand-in-hand with already established nuclear programs offered by Idaho universities through CAES.

Efforts to reach University of Wyoming representatives for comment Friday were unsuccessful.

Representatives of INL and the four universities are slated to meet in Idaho Falls, officials said, and possibly formalize an agreement in August.