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WRI's Covid-19 Response

Apr 17, 2020
We hope that you are healthy and safe during these disruptive times. Western Research Institute wants to assure you that we are continuing to offer the best-in-class services that you have come to expect from us. Continue reading

Western Research Institute Appoints New CEO

Feb 1, 2020
Dr. Jean‐Pascal Planche, senior vice president at Laramie’s Western Research Institute, became WRI’s new chief executive officer effective February 1, 2020. Dr. Planche replaced Don Collins, who recently announced his retirement as CEO, after 12 years of distinguished service to the institute and to state and federal agencies. Continue reading

WRI Earns AASHTO Accreditation for Asphalt Binders

Aug 31, 2015
WRI is proud to announce that it has received the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Accreditation for Asphalt Binders. Per the certificate, WRI has demonstrated proficiency for testing of construction materials and has conformed to the minimum requirements established in AASHTO R 18 set forth by the AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Materials (HSOM). Continue reading

Renewable Biogas Powers Cloud Computing in WY

Dec 17, 2014
“Data is energy.” That was a key message at the “cable-cutting” dedication of the world’s first “zero-carbon” Data Plant at the Dry Creek Water Reclamation Facility November 6, 2014, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Continue reading

WRI - Susan Sorini Shares Her Passion for Science

May 25, 2009
For one hour on May 14 five young women from throughout Wyoming got a taste of the life of an environmental scientist at WRI. In a second-floor laboratory, they each inserted a probe into a sample jar and discovered the contamination level of a soil or water sample using the WRI-developed X-Wand device. Continue reading

WRI Contgratulates its 25th Anniversary Employees

May 18, 2009
In 2009, WRI recognized three employees, Mike Harnsberger, John Schabron, and Janet Wolf, for passing the 25-year mark with the Institute. Western Research Institute was established in 1983, though its history as a federal laboratory for the U. S. Department of Energy, the Energy Research and Development Administration, and the Bureau of Mines goes back to 1924. Long-time and new employees are integral to WRI’s vitality and continuing contributions in the fields of energy, environment and highway materials Continue reading

Simi Valley, CA, WRI Groundwater Cleanup

May 13, 2009
In Simi Valley, California, workers venting a 10,000-gallon underground fuel tank caused a leak at the city’s Public Works Fueling Station that threatened the Arroyo Simi, the principal aquifer for the area. Eventually, the plume was controlled by a combination of oxygen and contaminant-devouring microbes and a four-way partnership that included the city, a private environmental consulting firm, researchers at Western Research Institute (WRI), and the U.S. Department of Energy. Continue reading

Domestic Energy the Theme of Lummis Visit to WRI

Feb 19, 2009
Cynthia Lummis, who was sworn in on January 6, 2009, as Wyoming’s representative in the U.S. House, made Western Research Institute (WRI) a key stop as she swung through southern Wyoming on February 19. Continue reading

Remote Sensing to Improve Maintenance Timing-ASAP

Jun 16, 2008
Under the new two-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), WRI is partnering with Innova Engineering, LLC, of Navarre, Florida, to develop an Asphalt Surface Aging Prediction (ASAP) remote-sensing system. This first-of-a-kind infrared sensing system will collect spectrographic samples in the field that can be used to predict asphalt aging in a manner similar to proven laboratory test techniques. Continue reading

Wyoming Energy Journal - Six WRI "Energizers"

May 1, 2008
When the Casper Star Tribune, which is recognized as Wyoming’s statewide newspaper, sought ten “Energizers,” for a special report on “people whose innovative approaches are helping lead Wyoming into a new energy future,” it found six of them at Western Research Institute. The 2008 edition of the “Wyoming Energy Journal” features Alan Bland, Tom Barton, Chris Holp, Song Jin, Andrew Lucero, and John Schabron. Continue reading