Sunrise Session

Robert Behunin

Sustaining Energy Development in Eastern Utah: USU’s Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center

Nestled in the heart of the Western Energy Corridor, USU’s most recent asset, the Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center, is now operational. The Center’s overall programmatic mission is to: create sustainable economic development, educational enhancement and business and technology innovation using sustainable energy development and applied research as a major platform. Central to this mission is the Eastern Utah Secure Energy Partnership & Program, a regional, state-wide and international effort that will be hosted at the Center.

Robert Behunin

Assistant to the President for Special Projects
Utah State University

(435) 722-1770

Dr. Robert T. Behunin completed his undergraduate work at Southern Utah University and obtained a doctorate in the humanities at UNLV prior to becoming a tenured faculty member at Southern Utah University. During the latter part of his nine year SUU tenure, he served as executive director of Distance Education. In 2003, he became associate executive director of the USU Uintah Basin Campus and, in 2006, became special assistant to the USU president. Since then, Behunin has worked closely with President Albrecht, community leaders and others to leverage nearly $100 million in private and community resources that resulted in the opening of the Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center. He also has worked to cultivate $6 million in investments into technology and commercial ventures, and has helped to spin out two companies based on technologies from USU’s Energy and Space Dynamics Laboratories.