over 400 publications and advised over 100 Ph.D. students. His research program was internationally renowned, focusing on coating and coating processes. The program excelled at combining experimental, theoretical, and computer modeling approaches in order to better understand industrial coating application processes. “Research education sets the University apart yet industrial interaction is absolutely essential.” Skip believed in a comprehensive approach to research. Turning a familiar adage around, he instructed students that “…no experimental results can be believed until they are confirmed by theory” (paraphrased). His trajectory for “the education of an engineering scientist” has been adopted by many research advisors:
“Begin with advanced courses for breadth and depth. Simultaneously make a fast start at research with a warmup problem tracked in weekly meetings and group seminars. Access to multiple advisors, academic experts and industrial visitors is essential. Full-time research required in the first summer with formal presentations in group seminars leading to a thesis plan defended in the spring of the second year.”
“As a full PhD candidate, strive for two or more thesis topics. Include experiment, analysis and theory. Learn leadership with supervision of undergraduate researchers and teamwork through collaborations with others, especially industrial researchers. Present research outside to industrial labs, advanced seminars, scientific and engineering societies and employment interviews. All of which leads to a polished thesis which includes already refereed publications” (adapted from the Coating Process Fundamentals Program report at the IPRIME Annual Meeting, 2007).
Professor Scriven was an exacting author, precise with words. One of his former students (Eric Kahler, current president of the University of Minnesota) still has the draft for a first publication nearly solid red with Skip’s edits. His 3” x 5” cards in elegant script with pithy research recommendations or appropriate references appeared in the mailboxes of students and colleagues alike.
Skip interacted with and involved industrial engineers and