Scientist and engineer, David Sanborn Scott has been involved in energy system analysis, design and strategy for more than three decades. He is vice-president (for the Americas) of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy.
After receiving his doctorate in mechanical engineering and astronautical sciences from Northwestern University, he joined the University of Toronto where he subsequently served as chair of mechanical engineering and founded the university’s Institute for Hydrogen Systems. Dr. Scott also chaired Canada’s Advisory Group on Hydrogen Opportunities, which produced Hydrogen – National Mission for Canada, the 1987 report now internationally recognized for its prescience.
Scott consults for US and Canadian national laboratories and corporations and is the founding director of the University of Victoria’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. For his work, the Canadian Hydrogen Association conferred its Medal of Recognition for “Outstanding Services for the Advancement of Hydrogen Energy and Hydrogen Economy” in 2000.
Six years later, the International Association for Hydrogen Energy gave Dr. Scott—the first Canadian to receive it—the prestigious Jules Verne Award, in recognition of his “Outstanding Contributions to Hydrogen Physics, and Hydrogen Energy Sociology and Philosophy.” In 2007, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology awarded Scott a D.Sc. honoris causa. Also in 2007, the Canadian Hydrogen Association made Scott its first-ever honorary lifetime member. In the spring of 2008 the U.S. National Hydrogen Association named Scott an honorary member.