Jan. 16, 2015
Elaine Scott (PhD Mech Egr '90) received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal (DEAM) at the University of California,
Scott is the dean of the University of Washington School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The DEAM is an alumni award from the UC Davis College of Engineering. She will be recognized in February for 15 years or more of industry, academic or public service experience, as well as her record of outstanding achievements. The award also recognizes distinguished service to the college, the engineering profession, or the community.
Scott earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from UC Davis in 1979 and 1981. She then pursued her doctoral degrees in agricultural engineering and mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1990.
Since Scott’s arrival at UW Bothell in 2012, science and technology education has risen to regional and national prominence. Under Scott’s leadership, three new degrees and six new programs were launched, while the number of full-time STEM students increased by more than 40 percent within the past year.
During Scott’s tenure, the School of STEM has secured more than $1.8 million in funding. Research proposals have increased by 46 percent. The school has also received several awards, including the school’s first Fulbright Award and two National Science Foundation CAREER awards.
"From a purely economic stance, as a country, we can’t afford to look for ideas from a small population,” she said. “In order for our country to reach its fullest, it is critical that the whole population becomes involved, men and women. Women in particular have an incredible opportunity in the field of engineering and STEM, we are all needed.”
Courtesy of the Bothell/Kenmore Reporter.com: http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/288087851.html