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Scott White

Died: May 28, 2018

Scott Ray White, 55, passed away on May 28, 2018, at home and surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with ocular melanoma.

Scott was the Donald B. Willett Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was born in Kansas City, MO, grew up in Harrisonville, MO an…read more

Scott Ray White, 55, passed away on May 28, 2018, at home and surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with ocular melanoma.

Scott was the Donald B. Willett Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was born in Kansas City, MO, grew up in Harrisonville, MO and after high school graduation attended the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology to obtain his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He continued on to obtain his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, his PhD in Engineering Science from Penn State and then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1990. Scott was a visionary researcher in the area of composite materials and was instrumental in creating the field of self-healing materials. He established the Autonomous Materials System group at the Beckman Institute, bringing together students and faculty from a range of disciplines to develop new materials with biologically inspired functions. He was an inspiring mentor, teacher and friend for the many students and faculty he worked with – through his own example of hard work and determination, he was able to inspire us to set the bar higher, look for the next big discovery, or run that extra mile.
His internationally recognized research had significant impact in both the academic community and commercial sector. Scott founded Autonomic Materials Incorporated (AMI), a Champaign based start-up company focused on developing self-healing coatings. He was also a founding partner of CU Aerospace, LLC, a research and development company based in Champaign, IL.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Sottos; his children Amy and her husband Jon LaMantia of Wooster, OH, Evan White of Chicago, and Audrey White of Champaign; grandchildren Noah and Arlo LaMantia; his parents, Ray and Connie White; and his grandparents, Barbara and Charlie Givens of Harrisonville, MO.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois campus. Morgan Memorial Home is handling arrangements for the family (www.morganmemorialhome.com).

Memorials can be made to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation http://www.ocularmelanoma.org

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Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018

Time: 01:00 pm

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Address:

405 N Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
 

Celebration of Life


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