BYU professor selected as a highly cited researcher

Michael Scott, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at BYU, has been selected as a 2016 ISI Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher. Scott is recognized among nearly 3,000 researchers worldwide who have published influential articles in academic journals.

Researchers earn this distinction by writing the largest number of articles selected as highly cited papers. Scott’s placement as a recipient of this award means that his published work has been judged to be of particular importance by his peers.

Scott was recognized by Thomson Reuters as being among the 127 most-cited researchers in computer science as rated by the Highly Cited database. He’s one of just 54 Americans on the list.

“(Receiving this honor) means the work we are doing here is significant and people care about it,” Scott said. “It also means I have good students and good mentors.”

Scott’s research focuses on developing fundamental new approaches to the underpinnings of the engineering product design and development process. Most product design processes rely on core technologies that have been static for a long time, so he works to provide a new foundation to the product design process across a number of application areas such as aerospace, automotive, marine, and biomedical fields.

The highly cited researchers are recognized because their published papers rank in the top 1 percent most cited for their specific field of study in the past 10 years. The ranking is determined by Essential Science Indicators, a tool of the Web of Science that ranks the publications.

Scott received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from BYU. He received another master’s degree in computation and applied mathematics in 2008 and his PhD in computational science, engineering, and mathematics in August of 2011, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

Scott joins Thomas Sederberg as the only BYU faculty to be selected as a Highly Cited Researcher.

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