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Overview

PlanCoverIn Governor Gary R. Herbert’s “ENERGY INITIATIVES & IMPERATIVES, Utah’s Ten-Year Strategic Energy Plan, Governor Herbert underscores the importance of energy to strengthening Utah’s economy and preserving our vibrant quality of life. The Governor also acknowledges the important role of Utah’s research universities in “development and deployment of energy technologies and work force capabilities” including training scientists, engineers, and technicians who will advance energy-related research.  Recognizing these dynamics, the Plan’s third recommendation called for the creation of a Utah Energy Research Triangle (UERT), the aim of which would be to foster coordination among Utah’s top universities in order to advance energy innovation and energy development in the State of Utah.

In 2012 Al Walker was selected to lead the UERT, and to work with the Office of Energy Development to chart a path forward in keeping with the Governor’s vision.

Taylor Sparks, PhD and assistant professor of materials science and engineering wrote about the Energy Research Triangle for KSL.com in October 2014.  He said in part:

The Utah Energy Research Triangle and the Governor’s Energy Leadership Scholars create a bridge between Utah’s research community and the state’s energy needs. Through the Governor’s Energy Leadership Scholars, the state is supporting the growth of Utah’s next generation of energy innovators.

To read more, click on the link here: Energy leadership scholars program provides unique research opportunities.

Learn more about the 2014 Utah Energy Research Triangle Awardees

Governor’s Energy Leadership Scholars Program

The Governor’s Energy Leadership Scholars grant program is a competitive research grant program open to currently matriculated students in good standing who are pursuing a Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. degree at Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah State University (USU), or the University of Utah (UU).

The purpose of the program is to develop Utah’s next generation of talent for scientific and engineering innovation leadership while simultaneously addressing Utah’s unique energy challenges with cutting-edge solutions. These challenges include, but are not limited to, energy transportation and infrastructure, environmental quality, resource management and sustainable energy development.

Only proposals that: (1) address significant energy issues in the State of Utah, (2) have a high likelihood of being completed in the time provided with the provided funds and (3) have a high likelihood of being impactful and beneficial to the residents of Utah will be considered.

Up to four one-year undergraduate or graduate level faculty mentored research grants will be awarded. Project end date will be one year from date of award.

Principle Energy Issues Program

The Principle Energy Issues grant program is a competitive and collaborative research program open to University faculty at Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah State University (USU) or the University of Utah (UU).

The purpose of the program is to address the leading challenges Utah faces in its path to energy independence and sustainable energy development by funding research on topics with the highest possible impact for Utah. These issues include, but are not limited to, energy transportation and infrastructure, environmental quality, resource management and sustainable energy development. The program is designed to develop a collaborative relationship between Utah’s research universities, as outlined in Section VIII of the Strategic Energy Plan.

Only proposals that: (1) incorporate collaboration with the other Energy Research Triangle universities, (2) address significant energy issues in the State of Utah, (3) have a high likelihood of being completed in the time provided with the provided funds and (4) have a high likelihood of being impactful and beneficial to the residents of Utah will be considered.

Up to three of Utah’s University-based Principal Investigators (PI) research grants will be awarded.

2014 Utah Energy Research Triangle Awardees

 

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Al Walker

Executive Director, Utah Energy Research Triangle

 

 

 

 

 

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Ryan Streams

Analyst, Utah Energy Research Triangle