Faculty Profile

Scott R White

Scott R White
Scott R White

Primary Research Area

  • Aerospace Materials


  • Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, August 1990
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Washington University, May 1987
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, Rolla, May 1985

Academic Positions

  • Beckman Institute, Autonomic Materials Systems Group Leader 2006-date
  • Willett Professor, College of Engineering, University of Illinois 2005-date
  • Faculty Fellow, Army Research Lab (sabbatical) 2003
  • Professor, University of Illinois 2002-date AAE (100%); MechSE (0%), MatSE (0%)
  • Beckman Institute, part-time, University of Illinois 2000-date
  • Faculty Fellow of TAM, University of Illinois 1996-date
  • Associate Professor, University of Illinois 1996-2002 AAE (100%); TAM (0%), MIE (0%)
  • Research Assoc., Nat.Ctr. for Comp. Mat. Res, University of Illinois 1990-1992
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois 1990-1996 AAE (100%); TAM (0%)
  • Instructor, Penn State University, Engr. Sci. and Mech. Dept. 1989-1990
  • Instructor, Penn State University, Engr. Graphics Dept. 1988

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Other Professional Employment

  • Founder, Director, Autonomic Materials Inc., Champaign, IL 2008-present
  • Founding Partner, Sr. Res. Scientist, CU Aerospace, Champaign, IL 1998-present

Research Interests

  • Composite materials, processing of polymers and composites, bio-inspired materials, multifunctional materials, novel processing techniques, process modeling, health monitoring, self-healing composites, energy storage materials, mechanical behavior of polymers and composites

Journal Editorships

  • Journal of Composite Materials, Editorial Board, 2000-present

Professional Societies

  • Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), professional member
  • Society of Engineering Science (SES) Fellow, Board of Directors, 2007-2011, Vice President 2009, President 2010
  • Society for Advanced Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), UIUC Faculty Advisor 1996-date, 2nd Vice-Chair Chicago Chapter 1998-2005
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Chair Composites Materials Committee, 2000-02
  • American Society of Composites (ASC), Fellow
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Materials Committee
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), professional member
  • American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), professional member

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC Graduate Student Mentoring Award (2014)
  • Multi-Year Faculty Achievement Award (2007), College of Engineering, UIUC (2007)
  • UIUC Incomplete List of Teachers Rated as Excellent by their Students (1992,1995,2004[Fall], 2004 [Spring], 2006, 2008)
  • International Paper Undergraduate Instruction Award (1995)
  • UIUC College of Engineering Outstanding Advisor (1996,1998,2000,2007)

Research Honors

  • M. Het￿i Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics (2016)
  • Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Aaward (2016)
  • American Society for Composites Outstanding Research Award (2014)
  • Humboldt Research Award, Humboldt Foundation (2013)
  • Fellow, American Society for Composites (2010)
  • Colombo Prize ￿ Finalist, University of Padua, Padova, Italy (2009)
  • Innovation Discovery Award, Vice Chancellor for Research of the University of Illinois, the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership of the University of Illinois, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation (2008)
  • SciAm 50 Award, Scientific American (2007)
  • Centennial Fellow, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University (2006)
  • University Scholar, University of Illinois (2006)
  • Willett Professor, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (2005)
  • HHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Harrisonville, MO (2004)
  • Willett Faculty Scholar, College of Engineering, University of Illinois (2002-2005)
  • American Society for Composites, Best Paper Award (2002, 2003)
  • Top Ten Innovations in Science, Popular Science (2001)
  • The Tech Museum Award - Finalist, The Tech Museum of Innovation (2001)
  • College of Engineering Xerox Research Award (2001)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CERL Research Product Development Team Award (1997)
  • Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Award (1993)
  • National Science Foundation, Research Initiation Award (1992)

Public Service Honors

  • AIAA Faculty Advisor Award (1994)