Western Research Institute (WRI), located in Laramie, Wyoming, is a multi-million dollar, not-for-profit, research group renowned for work in advanced energy systems, environmental technologies and highway materials investigation and technologies. Our broad viewpoints and know-how in science, technology and real-world, on-the-ground conditions attract industrial partners from corporations, industry associations, government entities, and other research organizations. We advance client skills from concept to bench scale through pilot testing and commercialization. With the Federal Highway Administration, WRI has conducted intense research that has supported breakthroughs in materials knowledge, leading to safer, longer-lasting roads. This, and a long record of successful development with the Department of Energy is experience we bring to bear to meet our clients’ requirements. Western Research Institute is in Laramie, Wyoming, a small Western city of 30,000 situated on high plains between the Laramie Range and the aptly named Snowy Range. Laramie is home to a growing knowledge sector comprising software development, web-based resources, and ecological and energy field services, and including WRI’s diverse plans. Western Research Institute has established with the West and evolved to meet global needs. WRI, an independent research corporation, was established in 1983 when the U.S. Department of Energy de-federalized the Laramie Energy Technology Centre. Our timeline, however, stretches back to 1924, when the Bureau of Mines established a petroleum research station here to support development of Wyoming’s petroleum resources. During World War II, research was directed to the sources and description of aviation fuels. Asphalt research began in 1964 and to this day, WRI has continued to build on this lead. Shale oil and underground gasification programs were at the fore of investigation here during the 1970s.