Elaine Scott Selected to Lead Science and Technology at UW Bothell

June 18, 2012

CONTACT: Richard Penny, 425-352-3995,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – Dr. Elaine Scott is the new director of the Science and Technology Program at the University of Washington Bothell. Scott is currently professor and director of engineering programs at Seattle Pacific University.

Scott assumes leadership as science and technology education at UW Bothell is positioned to rise to regional and national prominence. Groundbreaking for a new Academic and Science Building was held last month; it will be completed in 2014. Recently, two programs, Science and Technology plus Computing and Software Systems, proposed to reorganize into a single unit.  By 2013, the combined programs are expected to become UW Bothell’s third school: the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a leader of Elaine’s caliber to lead this critical program,” says Dr. Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW Bothell. “We performed a national search, but found a candidate close to home who has already accomplished many of the things needed to guide the new school to success.”

Before joining Seattle Pacific University, Scott served as a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). At Virginia Tech she was responsible for the successful planning, development and initial leadership of a new interdisciplinary, multi-institutional school, the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

Scott holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of California, Davis. She also holds doctoral degrees in agricultural engineering and mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

She will begin employment at UW Bothell August 1.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell provides an internationally and nationally-ranked university experience that inspires innovation and creativity. With more than 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.