CDR Robert Derek Scott graduated in May 1996 from Colorado School of Mines with two Bachelor of Science degrees: Engineering Physics and Math with Computer Science and was direct commissioned as an Ensign to be an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC). While at NNPTC, CDR Scott taught Enlisted Physics and Officer Math and Physics and was designated a Master Training Specialist.
CDR Scott lateral transferred to Engineering Duty in June 2000. He completed his Engineering Duty Qualification Program (EDQP) (with the exception of graduate education) and qualified as Engineering Duty Officer Qualified in Submarines ('ED Dolphins') while at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH.
On route to PNS, as part of EDQP and ED Dolphin qualifications, CDR Scott served on USS WEST VIRGINIA (Gold) (SSBN 736) for one patrol cycle and attended Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) and Engineering Duty Officer Basic Course (EDOB).
While at Portsmouth, CDR Scott served as Ship Safety Officer for the USS ALBUQUERQUE (SSN 706) Engineered Refueling Overhaul and on numerous submarine Selected Restricted Availabilities at SUBASE Groton including Submarine NR 1.
CDR Scott completed his graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007, receiving a Naval Engineers Degree and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
CDR Scott was then attached to the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) System Program Office (SPO) as a Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) officer. At the FFGSPO, he was assigned as an engineer and second in charge of the Upgrade Platform Systems section, where he managed production work, tests and trials, and other aspects of all types of work associated with the FFG Upgrade Program which upgraded four Australian FFGs to state of the art capital ships capable of firing VLS ESSM and SM2 missiles.
He then served as the C4I Systems Maintenance Officer on USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC20), the Sixth Fleet Flagship out of Gaeta, Italy. While on MOUNT WHITNEY, CDR Scott lead his department to provide gapless C4I to multiple embarked staffs including the Coalition Staff of Operation ODYSSEY DAWN.
CDR Scott has completed Certificate programs from Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA in Space Systems and Systems Analysis.
He was a submarine Electronics Technician and Reactor Operator and a National Guard Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember prior to commissioning.
CDR Scott is currently the Deputy for Navy at the White Sands Missile Range, NM and the Officer in Charge of the White Sands Detachment, Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division.