Adina Scott was raised in Tacoma, Wash. Her childhood interests included music, reading, science, and investigating her backyard and the dirt under her porch. Her parents introduced her and her brother to hiking and backpacking at a young age with the aid of chocolate bribes.
Adina went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio to study engineering and music. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in electrical engineering and music.
Adina later enrolled in graduate school at Purdue University to continue research in electronic materials and nanotechnology. She was awarded several fellowships, published a number of papers in scientific journals, and was engaged in mentorship and outreach activities. She connected with mentee students through the Minority Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Program. She completed her Ph.D in electrical engineering, then traveled to India for a research exchange program in the development of materials for alternative energy technologies.
She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Washington where she develops instrumentation to study brain development. She also enjoys hiking and climbing, volunteering for the BOLD Mountain School, and playing in her band.