Scott Wright
Scott A. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Senior Managing Engineer
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Wright’s expertise includes investigation of fires caused by electrical failures and investigation of electrical/electronic products that are alleged to have caused fires, including vehicle fires. He has investigated numerous incidents involving electrocutions and electric shocks, domestically and internationally, and has lectured on the topics at Stanford University. He has performed failure analysis on electrical distribution equipment, breakers, and switchgear. He has also performed arc flash analysis. His electronic system expertise includes circuit, electronic component, and propagating fault failure analysis. He is also experienced in applying relevant electrical codes and standards including the NEC and NESC.

During his career at Exponent, Dr. Wright spent over six months overseas in Afghanistan and Jordan as an engineer developing technology for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. This technology was integrated with the ongoing effort through his work with and training of the Royal Engineering soldiers and officers.

At the University of Michigan, Dr. Wright’s research focused on the design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and the circuits that interfaced with these devices. He developed new microdischarge-based pressure and chemical sensing methods for environmental monitoring in subterranean environments up to 1,000˚C. Through prototype device characterization, he gained extensive experience using electrical test equipment.

While working for Bell Laboratories LGS Innovations he determined the transmission properties of lightweight vehicle armor and measured the transmission properties of multiferroric materials for potential memory storage applications. Dr. Wright also worked for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space where he evaluated satellite hardware and software. Dr. Wright also started the Globe Shares charity and served as a volunteer on various projects around the world.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Ph.D. Fellow

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Graduate Fellow

    UCLA Engineer of the Year

    Eta Kappa Nu

    University of Michigan Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Instructor of the Year

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, California #20302

Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, Florida #81096

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado #0050980

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators, National Certification Board

Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin and Cause Determination

OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training

Senior Member of IEEE

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

Publications

Wright SA, Loud JD, Blanchard RA. Globules and beads: What do they indicate about small-diameter copper conductors that have been through a fire? Journal of Fire Technology 2015; 51(5):1051–1070.

Wright SA, Harvey HZ, Gianchandani YB. A microdischarge-based deflecting-cathode pressure sensor in a ceramic package. IEEE Journal of Microelectromech Systems 2013; 22(1):80–86.

Wright SA, Zipperian HA, Gianchandani YB. A 15 atm. pressure sensor utilizing microdischarges in a 1.6 mm3 ceramic package. Solid-State Sensors and Actuators Workshop Technical Digest 2010, 53–56.

Gianchandani YB, Wright SA, Eun CK, Wilson CG, Mitra B. Exploring microdischarges for portable sensing applications. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2009, 395(3):559–575.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. Contaminant gas removal using thin-film Ti electrode microdischarges. Applied Physics Letters 2009; 95(11):11504 (1–3).

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. Discharge-based pressure sensors for high temperature applications using three-dimensional and planar microstructures. IEEE Journal of Microelectromech Systems 2009; 18(3):736–743.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. A micromachined quartz and steel pressure sensor operating up to 1,000ºC and 2,000 torr. IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Technical Digest 2009, 841–844.

Wright SA. Microdischarge-based pressure controlling devices and their applications to chemical sensing in harsh environments. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2009.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. Microdischarge-based pressure sensors for operation at 1000ºC. Solid-State Sensors and Actuators Workshop Technical Digest 2008, 332–335.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. Controlling pressure in microsystem packages by on-chip microdischarges between thin film titanium electrodes. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2007; 25(5):1711–1720.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. A harsh environment, multi-plasma microsystem with pressure sensor, gas purifier, and chemical detector. IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Technical Digest 2007, 115–118.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. A micromachined titanium sputter ion pump for cavity pressure control. IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Technical Digest 2006; 754–757.

Presentations and Published Abstracts

Wright SA. The science of electric shock and electrocution. Guest lecture at Stanford University, 2016.

Wright SA. The science of electric shock and electrocution. Guest lecture at Stanford University, 2015.

Wright SA. Post-fire analysis of electronic products and batteries. Northern California Chapter Meeting of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, CA, 2014.

Wright SA, Loud JD. The science of electric shock and electrocution. Guest lecture at Stanford University, 2014.

Loud JD, Wright SA. Electrical codes and the expert witness. IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Seminar – Electrical Design and Application, Pleasanton, CA, 2011.

Wright SA, Gianchandani YB. Microdischarge-based pressure sensors utilizing multiple cathodes for operation up to 1000°C. American Physical Society Gaseous Electronics Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2009.

Patents

Patent 8,638,106: Microdischarge-Based Pressure Sensor and Method, 2014 (with Y Gianchandani).


Prior Experience

Founder and Director, Globe Shares Inc., 2009–present

Research Scientist, Bell Laboratories LGS Innovations, Fall 2008

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2005–2008

Graduate Instructor, University of Michigan, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2004–2005

Test Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Summer 2003

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—IEEE (Senior Member)

Order of the Engineer (member)

National Association of Fire Investigators—NAFI

Power Electronics Society

National Fire Protection Association—NFPA

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2004
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Ph.D. Fellow

    MIT Lincoln Laboratory Graduate Fellow

    UCLA Engineer of the Year

    Eta Kappa Nu

    University of Michigan Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Instructor of the Year

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, California #20302

Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, Florida #81096

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado #0050980

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators, National Certification Board

Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin and Cause Determination

OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training

Senior Member of IEEE

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish