Scott is a native of Findlay, Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University (1973, 76, 78). He spent three years with Eastman Kodak as a Service Systems Engineer, in Rochester, NY, after receiving his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Scott returned to Ohio State as a Graduate Research Assistant funded by an NSF Grant Studying White Collar Productivity Measurement. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (based in ISE), he joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University from 1978-1984. In the Fall of 1984, Scott joined the ISE faculty at Virginia Tech and led the Virginia Quality and Productivity Center from 1984 through 1997.
Scott has written (3 books and over 40 papers/articles) and consulted extensively.
Scott matriculated to the Private Sector in 1997 and served as VP of Business Process Reengineering for Exchange Solutions (Boston/Toronto) and then from 2004-2007 as VP of Business Process Improvement for MDS, Intl. (Toronto). He designed and launched a very successful Operational Excellence (LeanSigma) Program for MDS (Global Life Science Company). In the Fall of 2007, he decided to return to academia and his alma mater to develop and lead a LeanSigma Certification Program in the College of Engineering. The LeanSigma Certification Program has been exceedingly well received by 500 ISE UG candidates and the 250 projects to date have generated some $20M in benefits to local business and industry. (e.g. The Limited Brands, Kroger, OSU Medical Center, PPG, Mid Ohio Foodbank, Diamond Innovations, Rosati Windows, Kahiki Foods, Smiths Medical, Donato’s Pizza, Hirschvogel, Grange Insurance, Peerless Saw, Transmet, Banner Metals, Mount Carmel Health Care, United Way, Goodwill, and others)
Scott served as the President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers from 1991-92. He served as the President of the World Academy of Productivity Sciences from 1992-1997 and the World.
Scott and his wife Bea spend as much of the Summer, as schedules permit, at their home on Smith Mountain Lake, VA and enjoy golf, boating and time with family and friends.