|Biography of David Sanborn Scott, Vice President for North America, IAHE
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Sanborn Scott, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon.), D.Eng. (Hon.), FCAE
David Scott is Vice-President (for North America) of the International
Association for Hydrogen Energy. He is the author of Smelling Land:
The Hydrogen Defense Against Climate Catastrophe (2008).
David earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from
Queen’s University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and
astronautical sciences from Northwestern University. He spent 22
years at the University of Toronto, where he served as chair of
Mechanical Engineering and founded the university’s Institute for
Hydrogen Systems. He chaired the Canadian Advisory Group on Hydrogen
Opportunities that produced the seminal report, Hydrogen: National
Mission for Canada.
In 1989 he joined the University of Victoria where he established the Institute
for Integrated Energy Systems. This institute focuses on fuelcell
systems, cryofuel liquefaction and the analysis of energy systems.
Today, IESVic continues with more than 60 faculty, graduate students
In 2006, he received the internationally prestigious Jules Verne Award, for “outstanding contributions to hydrogen physics, hydrogen energy, sociology and philosophy.”
later, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology awarded
David an honorary doctor of science. In 2010, David was inducted as a
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. In June 2012, he
received an honorary doctorate of engineering from the University of
He was the honorary chair of the 2012 World Hydrogen Energy Conference, held in
Toronto, and continues to write and lecture widely.