Dr. Tinker joined the Bureau as its eighth Director in January 2000. Under his leadership, and with the remarkable dedication of an extremely talented group of associated directors and staff, the Bureau
has grown into a world-class research organization having major programs in energy, the environment and economics. Strategic directions of the Bureau include a strong emphasis on the three E's: Energy, Environment, and the Economy, all centered on a broad theme of education of students, industry, government, and the general public. The Bureau is expanding its focus on relevant issues related to the environment, including remote sensing, economic geology, environmental change, and energy and water.
As Director, Scott conceived of and directs the Advanced Energy Consortium, a global program in subsurface micro- and nano-sensing; the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, a major integrated program in carbon capture and sequestration; a major unconventional oil and gas reservoir program combining Industrial Associates, sponsored research, federal grants and reserve and production forecasting funded by the Sloan Foundation; the Center for Energy Economics; the Bureau's Core Research Centers, comprising three major core repository facilities in Houston, Austin, and Midland; and several major sponsored research programs, including projects in Mexico, Brazil, China, and Saudi Arabia.
Since 2000, the Bureau has grown from a $10M to a $30M annual grant organization; from 90 staff to 250 staff; from $8M to $25M in annual expenditures. With a focus on diversity—of people, revenue sources, and research—the Bureau well to meet the 21st century challenges of in energy, environment and economic research.