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Richard “Rick” Scott, PhD, PE

Senior Lecturer

Office:   227 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-3078
Fax: (864) 656-4435

Rick Scott joined the Clemson University Mechanical Engineering Department in the spring of 2023. He has 30+ years of experience in the design and analysis of electro-optic infrared sensors, gimbaled turrets, radars, and other electro-mechanical systems. He worked 26 years at Raytheon, where he received six patent awards. His technical skills include vibration and shock, finite element (FE) modeling, mechanical design, and opto-mechanical design and analysis. He is enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2018
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2007
B.S., Mechanical Design Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University, 1992

How May I Help You?

Vibration and shock - Time domain and frequency domain vibration and shock, including random vibration, sinusoidal vibration, shock time histories, shock response spectra, and impacts.

Finite element modeling - Linear modal dynamics, direct integration dynamics, linear and nonlinear stress analysis, thermal stress, fastener failure, rigid body dynamics, mechanical design with FE modeling, model simplification, model troubleshooting, sub-structuring, passing data to and from MATLAB scripts.

Mechanical design – Design optimization; writing MATLAB scripts to read finite element results files, pass the results through optimization algorithms, and write modified input files to execute the finite element solver; dimensional tolerance analysis and allocation.

Optomechanical design and analysis - Line-of-sight displacement under various loading conditions, wavefront error due to thermal and bolt loads, and flexure design.

Rick Scott