Office: Engineering II, room 315
Phone: (860) 486-0415
Dr. Van Scoter earned a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington – Seattle, an MS in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.
Dr. Van Scoter is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. She served as the Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program for three years, completing her appointment in May 2016 and tripling student enrollment in the program.
Dr. Van Scoter has over twenty years of diverse industry experience, ranging from manufacturing at Boeing Commercial, work in quality and process improvement at an international logistics company and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in space optics, space survive-ability, and technology transfer. She has been both a technical and management consultant. Her work as a senior management consultant for Deloitte focused on improving operational and cost efficiency for U.S. and international companies and governments. As a senior technical consultant, she supported D.O.D. space optics and presented papers at International conferences on the dangers of space debris to spacecraft.
Her research field and applications include industrial engineering, process improvement, and studying the impact of contextual factors in STEM education. She has striven to injected real world examples and expectations into the junior and senior curriculum to better prepare students for employment requirements. Since arriving at the University of Connecticut in 2012, she was a champion of the MEM program, updating the program to reflect 21st century industry needs and standards, better serving UConn students, the university, employers, and the engineering profession.