The Rochester alumnus will build on the institute’s outstanding reputation as nation’s oldest school of optics, as he takes up his new position on July 1st, 2017.
Carney earned his PhD in physics at Rochester studying with Emil Wolf, the Wilson Professor of Optical Physics and Professor of Optics. His early career included an internship at the Rome Air Development Center Photonics Lab at the now-closed Griffiss Air Force Base, classes taken at Hamilton College, and a bachelors degree in Engineering Physics (1994) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After a post-doc at Washington University in St Louis, he returned to his undergrad alma mater as faculty in ECE Illinois, where he taught for 16 years.
Scott has an established record of commitment to creating opportunities for students at all levels and from all backgrounds. At Illinois, he oversaw the expansion of their senior capstone course to more than 400 students per year, while maintaining individual excellence and a high level of personal attention to each student. He was the Rose Education Innovation Fellow, in which capacity he led and participated in multiple teaching initiatives to improve writing and presentation skills, develop communities of practice and mentor new faculty. He served as Interim Director of the new degree program, Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship (ILEE) at Illinois, creating a new paradigm for engineering education and the way we frame what an engineering career looks like.