Scott Wunsch is a member of the principal professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He specializes in fluid physics, with his research focusing on the dynamics of Earth's oceans and atmosphere, especially nonlinear waves, turbulence, and naval applications. The results of his work have been disseminated through numerous conference presentations and academic journal articles. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Scott was a post-doctoral research fellow and then staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, where he studied turbulent mixing in fluids and applied his findings to inertial confinement fusion and to astrophysics.
Scott earned his PhD in physics from the University of Chicago in 1998, under the supervision of Professor Leo Kadanoff and with the support of a Hertz Fellowship. He graduated from Princeton University in 1992 with a degree in mechanical engineering, where he was a member of the varsity cross-country and track teams. He was a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University before beginning his PhD program.