Scott’s work focuses on developing platform models, methods, and applications to support the emergence and growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems. To this work he brings both the intellectual rigor of an academic researcher, and the realist perspective of a seasoned practitioner. He has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland since earning his PhD there in 2012, where he directed the EDA University Center for 10 years, conducting research for EDA and the National Science Foundation, among other sponsors. Scott has authored / co-authored several highly-cited papers, along with innovative client research reports. He ranks in the top 1% of all scholars on Academia.edu in terms of impact over the past year, with 3,118 pages read and 889 downloads in 89 countries. Scott continues to teach in the Urban Planning program and UMD’s nationally ranked iSchool, while consulting with The Agile Strategy Lab at the University of North Alabama and other clients. Prior to returning to academia, Scott practiced economic and community development for over 20 years at neighborhood, city, county, and regional levels, earning a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation. In addition to a PhD from University of Maryland, Scott holds a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University, a bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Associate in Arts from St. Petersburg College.