Elaine Scott, Affiliate Professor


Dr. Elaine Scott currently serves as dean of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. Prior to this appointment, she was the founding dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at UW Bothell since its inception in 2013 until she departed in 2019. During this time, she oversaw the rapid growth of the School’s curriculum, number of students and faculty, and research productivity. In addition, she was director and professor of engineering at Seattle Pacific University, a professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, and she also served on the faculty at Michigan State University and the University of Utah. She has taught numerous courses in the thermal sciences. 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, and its graduate degree programs. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.


Prof. Scott’s research interests are focused on characterizing complex thermal systems, including inverse, parameter estimation, and optimization problems related to bio-systems, power electronics, and aerospace systems. Her work related to bio-systems spans from modeling of quality loss in frozen foods to the estimation of blood perfusion, while her work in power electronics focuses on cooling of power electronics systems, and her work on aerospace systems focuses on parameter estimation of complex materials and estimation methods for high unsteady heat fluxes. She is also interested in research in engineering education and in enabling women and minority students to pursue careers in engineering. She has published over 100 refereed technical journal papers and conference proceedings, and has been involved with numerous government and industry sponsored projects in the areas of characterizing complex thermal systems and engineering education.


Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

  • Ph.D. – Agricultural Engineering
  • Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering

University of California
Davis, California

  • M.S. – Agricultural Engineering
  • B.S. – Agricultural Engineering



Curriculum Vitae