Who knew that a guest lecturer could have so much influence on one career? When the president of Indiana Automation spoke to Scott Whitlock’s student group, the Association of Electrical Technologists (AET), Scott found a business model he was interested in pursuing. He started at Indiana Automation as an electrical engineer after graduation. His experience with automation and software eventually led him to start his own company in 1996.
For the last 10 years, Scott and his business, Flexware Innovation, have been addressing the information technology and automation needs of modern manufacturers. The company aims to “save time and money, increase quality and throughput, and make the manufacturer’s life easier,” he says. He hopes to shepherd the company’s growth to include multiple locations and an international presence. In addition to his classes in electrical engineering technology, Scott has found that his technical writing class has been very useful to his career.
His drive to succeed has not gone unnoticed. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the Indianapolis Business Journal honored him as a member of its “40 under 40” list. Scott also serves as a member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Fishers, Indiana, with their two children.
This was originally written for the Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards in 2007.