Scott Tippens created the Alternative Energy Innovation Center (AEIC) at Southern Polytechnic State University in order to bring together a wide variety of disciplines and industry partners with a common goal. The AEIC strives to be a center of innovative research in the areas of alternative energy generation, storage, and distribution for the campus. The center will also engage in educational outreach to help our students, the surrounding community, and the world improve their knowledge of energy and how energy systems really work.
Scott received both his undergraduate and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Upon graduation he worked for two years at IBM in Research Triangle Park North Carolina where he was awarded two patents for work on token ring network systems. Scott later moved back to the Atlanta area and worked for two years with Georgia Tech Research Institute. While at GTRI, Scott developed 3-D modeling software for radar return data, designed encrypted communication systems, and worked in fiber optics research.
In the Fall of 1993, Scott became a faculty member at SPSU and has been teaching extensively in the areas of alternative energy, advanced digital system design, systems engineering, and robotics. Scott has been the faculty advisor for the Autonomous Underwater Robotics team for 7 years and currently serves as Vice Chair for the Atlanta Section of the IEEE.
In 1999, Scott created and co-directed the Teaching and Learning Academy. The Teaching and Learning Academy changed the way technology was introduced to faculty. In the Academy, faculty participants were given release time for the term in order to pursue weekly class sessions. Each participant learned not just how to use teaching technology but how to use it effectively in the classroom. When the program ended in 2000 due to a lack of funding support, approximately one-third of the faculty had participated.
In 2002, Scott was the founding director for the newly created Center for Teaching Excellence. The center's mission is to engage faculty in discussing issues of teaching and learning through informal gatherings, formal presentations, and teaching fellows selected each year from a pool of faculty applicants. The center also created a library specifically targeting teaching and learning and provided numerous web resources for the faculty as well. To keep things fresh, the charter for the center limited director terms to two years, and Scott stepped down in 2004.