Dr. Tinker joined the Bureau as its 8th Director in January 2000. Under his leadership, and with the remarkable dedication of an extremely talented staff, the Bureau has grown into a world-class research organization having major programs in energy and the environment. Strategic directions under Dr. Tinker's leadership 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 coastal use and shoreline change, and energy and water.
As Bureau Director, Scott conceived of and helped to form and grow the Advanced Energy Consortium, a major program in micro- and nano-sensing; the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, one of the largest and most integrated programs in the nation in carbon capture and sequestration; a major unconventional gas program combining Industrial Associates, sponsored research, and federal grants; the Center for Energy Economics; and 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 $40M annual grant organization; from 100 staff to 200 staff; from $8M to $20M in annual expenditures. With a focus on diversification of revenue sources, people, and research, the Bureau is stronger than ever during these challenging economic times.