Scott Phillips is a full Professor in the Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Paul A. Bartlett at UC Berkeley in 2004 and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in George Whitesides’ group (Harvard). He started his independent career at Penn State in 2008. His research interests include developing sustainable plastics, designing signal amplification reagents, and developing new classes of smart materials. Dr. Phillips’ awards include the NSF CAREER award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, Eli Lilly and Company Young Investigator Award, the Arthur F. Findeis Award, and he held fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Research Foundation and the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.