After retiring in May 2023, Dr. Scott Danielson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASME, F.ABET, is now an emeritus faculty member in the engineering programs within the Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). Before returning to the faculty, Danielson was an associate dean for almost four years and a department chair at ASU for over 13 years. He was awarded ASME Fellow status in 2020 and ABET Fellow status in 2022.
He became the coordinator for ABET Bridge in fall 2022. As coordinator, he fields inquiries from programs or schools about Bridge services. Upon agreement on services requested and timing, advisors are arranged and agreements created for signatures. He also fields inquiries from people who are interested in becoming a Bridge advisor and processes their applications for approval by ABET and the Bridge Board of Directors. Danielson also serves as a Bridge advisor and has advised institutions beginning new engineering programs, conducted self-study reviews and mock visits (which includes self-study reviews) for a variety of programs.
Within ABET, he has been an ABET program evaluator since 2003 for ASME, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He has conducted over 14 evaluations as program evaluator (spanning both the ETAC and the EAC) and over 15 evaluations as a team chair for ETAC. Six of these evaluations have been international visits (both EAC and ETAC). He also served as editor 1 or editor 2 for over 60 reports within the ETAC.
Danielson served in ABET commission leadership roles (all positions, including commission chair). He has served on a variety of special ABET-wide ad hoc committees and on the ABET Accreditation Counsel Training Committee several times (most recently 2021-2022).
Within ABET governance, he served on the Board of Directors (in the old structure) and then as the area delegation director. In this director role, he also served on the ABET Board of Directors in the new governance structure.
Danielson has extensive experience in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, doing United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported engineering educational capacity building. This work includes a strong component related to quality improvement of teaching as well as preparing for international recognition via external evaluation by ABET and AUN-QA. As might be expected, the latter has included extensive offerings of workshops related to continuous improvement along with other aspects of reaching full compliance with ABET criteria.