Scott W Tinker

Scott W Tinker
Director (0379), John A and Katherine G Jackson School of Geosciences
Acting Associate Dean for Research, Jackson School of Geosciences
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Phone: +1 512 471 0209, +1 512 471 1534
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Scott Tinker's passion is education. Toward this end, Scott is actively engaged in building bridges between academia, industry, and government. Scott weaves energy, the environment, and the economy into his talks, in which he envisions a very challenging, but positive, global future. In visiting nearly 50 countries and numerous cities in the United States, Scott has given more than 500 invited and keynote lectures. His latest educational project is the Switch Energy Project.

It is from these experiences and passions that Dr. Tinker has developed a vision for America's energy future. He concludes that energy security - available, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable - must drive energy policy and that efficiency and diversity are key elements to long-term energy security. Ultimately, energy security requires a reasoned balance among energy, environment, and the economy.

Dr. Tinker worked in the oil and gas industry for 17 years in research, exploration, and development, prior to coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Scott has been a licensed professional geoscientist in Texas since 2003. He is very active in professional organizations and societies and is the past President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of American State Geologists. He will serve as President of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies in 2012. Dr. Tinker also holds appointments to the National Petroleum Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and he currently serves on several private, university, and professional boards.

Dr. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the Director of the Advanced Energy Consortium. He is also the acting Associate Dean for Research and Professor, and he holds the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Geology and Business Administration from Trinity University. He received his M.S. in Geology from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Colorado.