About This Scholarship
The family and friends of Dr. Scott C. James have established The Dr. Scott C. James Endowed Scholarship in Materials Science to honor the memory of his impact on colleagues and students at Baylor University and beyond.
Dr. James was an avid believer in the opportunity to represent Baylor and actively participate in conferences by engaging in important discussions and presenting one’s own scholarship to advance critical conversations. Dr. James was an Associate Professor in Geosciences and he thrived professionally as a result of his research and was delightfully fulfilled as a teacher and mentor of undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.
About Dr. Scott James
Scott is survived by grieving parents, Christina and Dal Williams, Ed and Tong James, brothers Monty, Michael, and Joe and sisters, Samantha, Brittany, and Alyssa, and long-term friend, Angie, as well as a host of other relatives, friends, and colleagues that deserve recognition but the list would be too long to serve the purpose of this notice.
Suffice it to say, Scott’s untimely passing has shocked and saddened so many. Grief is a shared experience locally, nationally, and internationally. He was a source of great pride. He was respectful of others. He was respected, admired, and loved. He had a friendly unpretentious manner. He inspired others along the way. He was a role model. He approached life with zest, wonder, accomplishment, and joy. What an awesome human being.
Scott was an Associate Professor at Baylor University in the Department of Geosciences and Mechanical Engineering. He joined the faculty in 2014 and was tenured in August 2020. Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science and his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California Irvine.
Dr. Scott James was a sought-after and valued researcher and scholar in both private industry and at several US national laboratories before he took on a position at Baylor. He thrived professionally as a result of his research and was delightfully fulfilled as a teacher and mentor of undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.
Many of Scott’s students and Ph.D. recipients have gone on to continue his work in search of environmental solutions to climate change scenarios and alternate energy sources. While at Sandia National Laboratories, Scott worked on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the only operating transuranic nuclear waste repository in the world for high-level nuclear waste storage. His more recent work focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to solve large-scale environmental evolutionary problems. Aside from his academic pursuits and accomplishments, Scott was passionate about physical development and fitness. He was a rare combination of athlete and scholar. He also possessed a magnetic personality and a refined unpretentious unassuming (down-to-earth) set of relationship skills. He loved life, liberty, and the people with whom he interacted - and they loved him. His untimely departure is our loss. His life is a ‘cherry bowl of accomplishment and joys. We abhor the departure. We celebrate life.
*The family of Dr. Scott James will be notified of all donors who help to create this endowed scholarship to honor the memory of his impact on colleagues and students at Baylor University and beyond.