Dr. Scott A. Wicker is Interim Chair of the School of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (SoSTEM) and Associate Professor of Chemistry, where he is responsible for advancing the mission, vision, and core values of Kentucky State University. A native of Zachary, Louisiana, Dr. Wicker earned honors distinction with his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Grambling State University and a doctorate in Environmental Toxicology from Southern University and A & M College. Dr. Wicker has more than seven years of Historically Black College and University (HBCUs) Higher Education experience, where he held post-doctoral research associate and faculty positions. During his higher education tenure, he served as a PI, Co-PI, or Senior Investigator for six funded grants worth over five million dollars; Chaired, Co-Chaired, or participated as a committee member for eighteen different university committees; published nine peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter; presented over twenty oral research, posters, panelist, guest speakers at conferences and symposiums; chaired or committee member of seven undergraduate Honor Theses, one Master Thesis, and one Doctoral Dissertation; earned seven awards or honors including Outstanding Service Award, Faculty Academy of Master Educators (FAMERs), Jefferson Science Fellow, and Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting Alumni. Dr. Wicker is an Inorganic chemist specializing in the kinetics of green chemical methods for synthesizing metal oxides used in energy storage and sensor devices. He holds professional memberships in the American Chemical Society (ACS), American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Kentucky Chapter of American Physiological Society, Kentucky Academy of Science, National Scientific Honor Society Beta Kappa Chi (BKX), and National Institute of Science (NIS).State Department Profile
East Asia and Pacific Affairs (EAP)
Office of Multilateral Affairs (MLA)
Scott Wicker, Ph.D., serves as an Environmental Toxicologist for the Mekong-U.S. Partnership and Friends of the Mekong initiatives. This Partnership and like-minded Friends initiatives are multinational efforts intended to create and support integrated sub-regional cooperation between Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. These initiatives' mission is to address transboundary challenges and strengthen transparent good governance by upholding the rules-based system that underpins regional prosperity and stability. As senior science advisor, Dr. Wicker monitors, analyzes, and provides policy recommendations on environmental issues that impact the Mekong River Basin and its tributaries. He also collaborates with interagency stakeholders on the use of essential water data and satellite technology for programmatic assessments and policy-making to promote data democratization, sustainable water, natural resource management, and environmental protection in the Southeast Asia region.