McKay, Scott

Dr. Scott McKay

Dean, College of Science & Engineering / Professor of Chemistry Dept./ Head of Research Operations NRRC/CST


P.O. Box 9397
Building/Office: Science (SCI)
Slot Number: 54

Dr. Scott McKay is the Dean of Science & Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at SAU. He joined the faculty in 2011. Prior to SAU, he was the chair and professor of chemistry at UCM and Director/Founder of the Center for Alternative Fuels and Environmental Science. Before that he was an assistant professor of chemistry at LMU and postdoctoral associate at The University of Alabama studying in the area of crystal engineering. Previous to UA he was a visiting scientist at Lehigh University researching industrial processes of dyes. He has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and geology EKU 1987, a master in analytical chemistry EKU 1989 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida 1995. Dr. McKay’s research interests are in the areas of alternative energy and fuels, petroleum products, sustainability, crystal engineering, and proton exchange membranes for hydrogen fuel cells. His activities have been supported by NSF, ACS, and LWI-Army Research Laboratory. He presently consults for energy related companies and has been an investigator on approximately 2 million dollars of grants. He is currently on the board of the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority and the HiTec, LLC board of directors.

Educational Background

  • B.A., B.S., M.S., Eastern Kentucky University
  • Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology
  • Visiting Researcher, Lehigh University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Alabama


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