Director for Electrification Research and Advanced Engineering
Ford Motor Company
BSME ’75, PHD ’85

“My Purdue engineering degrees prepared me for my future, and I spent my professional career preparing students and companies for theirs.”

Scott M. Staley is the Director for Electrification Research and Advanced Engineering at the Ford Motor Company. He graduated from Purdue University with a BSME in 1975 and earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1985.

Upon completing his BSME, Staley started as an Engineer in Manufacturing, Research and Development group for John Deere Tractor Works. He worked his way up to Supervisor of Research and Development Project for Deere Component Works in 1980.

Staley worked as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida International University, 1985-1987, and the University of Miami, 1987-1989, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanics, instrumentation, design and systems modeling and controls.

He joined the Ford Motor Company in 1989, and from 1990 to 1996, he was part of the team that conducted research on ways to incorporate aspects of the Science of Generic Design and Interactive Management into the Ford product development process. The team’s work resulted in numerous applications of Interactive Management to key technical problems within the Ford Motor Company, including establishment of a new corporate CAD/CAM/CAE computing infrastructure, new engineering processes and corporate fuel economy improvement strategies.

Staley has worked in various capacities for Ford since 1989 including Supervisor of the Artificial Intelligence Group, and Staff Technical Specialist with the Modeling and Analysis Group at Ford’s Alternative Power Source Technology Department. He was on the Ford Research Lab team that produced the first Ford fuel cell vehicle, the P-2000. Since then he has been involved in the development of every fuel cell vehicle at Ford Motor Company.

In his current position, Staley is responsible for all research and development associated with alternative population systems involving hybrid and fuel cell technologies for vehicle applications and the development of vehicle demonstrations fleets.

Staley has over 50 publications in journals, conferences and internal research reports in the areas of computer-aided design, computer graphics and solid modeling, AI programming and computer-aided engineering, and applications in Interactive Management. He is a member of the SAE, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Michigan. In 1996, Staley was selected by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Engineering Society of Detroit to serve a one-year term as an executive branch fellow with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Staley was recognized with the Powertrain Engineering Achievement Award in 2010, the Powertrain Engineering Achievement Award in March 2011, and the Product Development Safety Achievement Award in February 2012.