Scott Campbell
Presidential Award of Excellence, 2018

Senior Project Machinist II

When it comes to studying engineering, our students have access to talented faculty to guide them through science and theory. And when it comes to hands-on lessons in designing and building real machine parts, those same students are lucky enough to be able to turn to Scott Campbell, manager of the Kingsbury Hall machine. 

Since joining CEPS in 2013, Scott has trained more than 350 students on the safe operation of machine shop equipment — the high-tech milling machines and lathes used to manufacture components for students and faculty research. Each year, he oversees some 1,500 accident-free hours of student use of that equipment.

Scott’s dedication starts with his TECH 602 safety course, which provides each student with 12 hours of machine training. But it doesn’t stop there. He’s known to stay long beyond scheduled hours, including nights and weekends, to help students gearing up for their senior projects and the Undergraduate Research Conference. He also supports aspiring high school engineers competing in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. And he always welcomes prospective undergraduates at CEPS Admitted Students’ Day.  Indeed, the machine shop is one of the most popular stops on the Kingsbury tour.

Shortly after he was hired, Scott played an instrumental role bringing the aged shop up to industry standards, re-organizing the layout and helping to select state-of-the art equipment to replace outdated machinery. A natural mentor, he’s walked countless students through every detail of fabrication design, helping them work through different scenarios and options for their projects. He’s contributed to some of the most visible engineering research to come out of CEPS, including wind turbine research in the Flow Physics Facility, sediment research in the civil engineering centrifuge, energy transport research and the study of drafting in bicycle racing.

In the words of his many nominators, Scott is a great person, a joy to work with, a wealth of knowledge, a benefit to students and a credit to UNH.

About This Award

All members of the university community, including leadership, supervisors & managers, peers, colleagues and students may nominate any qualified staff member by completing the Presidential Award of Excellence nomination form online or by requesting a paper application from Human Resources and forwarding it to the Presidential Award of Excellence Peer Review Committee, c/o Human Resources, Nesmith Hall each year by the deadline.