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. Dr. Scott holds bachelor and master degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of California (UC), Davis, and doctoral degrees in agricultural engineering and in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University. Her research focused on the characterization of complex thermal systems, including inverse, parameter estimation, and optimization problems related to bio-systems, power electronics, and aerospace systems. She also has been 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 supervised over 30 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Notable academic honors include a distinguished teaching award and a college-wide service award from Virginia Tech, being named Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and distinguished alumni awards from UC Davis and from Michigan State.