Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog

School of Energy Resources

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301 Energy Innovation Center
Phone: (307)766-6879 FAX (307)766-6701

Holly Krutka, Executive Director

The School of Energy Resources facilitates interdisciplinary academic and research programs in engineering and science, economics, and environment and natural resources policy to address critical energy-related issues faced by our society.

Our mission is to leverage and add to the already significant energy-related talent and resources in the University of Wyoming colleges to develop human resources, know-how, and technical solutions to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future for the state, region, and nation.

The University of Wyoming (UW) School of Energy Resources (SER) was created in 2006 by the Wyoming Legislature through State Statute 21-17-117. Our goal is to enhance the university’s energy-related education, research, and engagement. SER directs and funds cutting-edge energy research and technology development, which integrates with the formulation and conduct of academic programs at UW and bridges academics and industry through targeted engagement efforts. The bridges formed between academics and industry ensure programs are relevant, current, and deliver impact and high value to stakeholders and the state. Since its inception in 2006, SER has maintained flexibility in its focus and structure to meet the changing needs of Wyoming’s energy industries and the state’s economy-which is now more critical than ever.


TIMOTHY J. CONSIDINE, B.A. Loyola University 1975; M.S. Purdue University 1977; Ph.D. Cornell University 1981; SER Professor of Energy Economics 2008.

CRAIG C. DOUGLAS, A.B. Chicago University 1977; M.S. Yale University 1978; M.Phil. 1980; Ph.D. 1982; SER Professor of Mathematics 2008.

MAOHONG FAN, B.S. Wuhan University of Science and Engineering, 1984; M.S. Beijing University of Science and Technology, 1992; Ph.D. Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997; Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2000; Ph.D. Osaka University 2003; SER Professor of Chemical Engineering 2015, 2008.

JOHN P. KASZUBA, B.S. Beloit College, 1982; M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 1986; Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines, 1997; SER Professor Geology & Geophysics, 2019, 2008.

SUBHASHIS MALLICK, B.Sc. Indian Institute of Technology 1976; M.Sc. 1978; Ph.D. University of Hawaii 1987; SER Professor of Geology & Geophysics 2008.

BRUCE A. PARKINSON, B.S. Iowa State University 1972; Ph.D. California Institute of Technology 1977; SER Professor of Chemistry 2008.

TARA RIGHETTI, B.A. University of Colorado Boulder 2005; J.D. 2007; SER Professor of Law 2020, 2017, 2014.

Associate Professors:

PO CHEN, B.S. Beijing University 2000; Ph.D. University of Southern California 2005; SER Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics 2014, 2008.

DARIO GRANA, B.S. University of Pavia, 2003; M.S. 2005; M.S. University of Milano Bicocca, 2006; Ph.D. Stanford University, 2013; SER Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics 2019, 2013.

Academic Professional:

KRISTOPHER KOSKI, B.S. Colorado School of Mines, 2005; J.D. University of Wyoming, 2008; Associate Lecturer 2017.


Both PLM and ELW concentrations are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. In addition, the Professional Land Management Concentration is one of only twelve programs accredited nationally by the American Association of Professional Landmen. 

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SER Vision Statement

SER pursues the creation, sharing, and implementation of technology and knowledge for sustainable economic production of Wyoming’s natural resources to generate additional employment and revenue opportunities for the state that include supply of clean energy and materials and products.

SER Mission Statement

SER develops and deploys expertise to solve critical energy challenges, add value to the Wyoming energy sector, and position UW as a primary provider for energy innovation at the national level. In pursuit of this mission, SER facilitates internal and external interdisciplinary coalitions and builds institutional capacity in energy education, research, and outreach. SER distinguishes its programs in areas of strategic importance to Wyoming’s economy by focusing technology development and academic activities primarily in four strategic areas of concentration:

• Maximizing the economic recovery of fossil energy and mineral resources;

• Protecting existing markets for fossil fuels;

• Creating new markets - traditional and value-added - from Wyoming energy and mineral resources; and

• Educating the workforce and stakeholders to facilitate diversification of the energy sector through the addition of value-added activities.

We seek to develop and deploy new technologies and to educate the workforce and stakeholders in these areas to deliver broad and significant benefits to the state and the energy industry. Chief among these benefits are:

• Growth in energy-based revenue streams for Wyoming

• A hedge against boom and bust economic cycles

• A well-trained, homegrown workforce

• Enhanced competitiveness at UW for student and faculty recruiting, corporate partnerships, and funding

• Mutual gain for UW and industry from cooperative relationships

• Improved performance in monetizing Wyoming’s most valuable energy assets

Program Admission

Undergraduate students will apply for admission to the University of Wyoming and then declare a major or minor within SER at any point during their course of study. To declare a major, students must meet with the SER academic advisor. Any student can add the SER minor without meeting with an SER advisor. 


Students looking to create a focus for their coursework can add minors to the ERM&D program. Courses applying towards the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Students not already majoring in BS-Energy Resource Management and Development may add the SER minor to their program of study.

School of Energy Resources

Energy Resource Management Minor (for baccalaureate students). More information can be found on our website: 




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