It is with great sadness that we share with you that our dear friend
and colleague, Scott Wills, died on the morning of Friday, December 2 after a
long, brave battle with melanoma.
Known for his great enthusiasm and passion for his students and love
of learning, Dr. Wills joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and
Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991. He
taught in the area of computer engineering, including the introduction to computer
engineering course and courses in mechanisms for computing systems, computer
architecture, and embedded video surveillance.
A very popular, award-winning teacher, Dr. Wills taught almost 2,900
students in 83 classes. Most recently, in 2009, he was honored with the Georgia
Tech Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award, which he
received with his wife and collaborator, Linda Wills, and the School of ECE Richard M. Bass/Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding
Teacher Award, which is determined by a majority vote of the ECE senior class.
Dr. Wills’ research interests were in the areas of embedded surveillance
systems, portable image processing architectures, and supercomputer
interconnection networks. He and Dr. Linda Wills co-led the Mobile Vision Embedded Systems
(MOVES) research group. During his career, Dr. Wills graduated 23 Ph.D.
students and seven master’s students and supervised over 24 undergraduate
researchers. One-third of his doctoral students are in university positions and
two-thirds have joined leading electronics companies, including Intel,
Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Sarnoff Corporation.
A passionate advocate for engineering education, Dr. Wills was a
leader in defining the new computer engineering curriculum within the School of
ECE. He was also a leader in education on the Institute level, serving on the
Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee from 1999-2005 and as its chair
for two years, 2003-2005, and he served on the Institute Graduate Curriculum
Committee, 2005-2007. He also served on the Joint College of Computing/College
of Engineering committees that formed the Computational Science and Engineering
Program and the Software Engineering certificate.
One of Dr. Wills’ students once said of him, “I don’t know of any
other person who has better infused in students the passion for the subject that
he or she possesses.” Dr. Wills’ personal concern for students and his
unselfish efforts to creating classes with appropriate, innovative uses of
modern IT have been inspirational to students and faculty alike.
services for Scott Wills will be held on Monday, December 5 and also on
Tuesday, December 6. On December 5, the service will be held at 3 p.m. at
Duluth First United Methodist, 3208 Duluth Highway 120, Duluth 30096. Church
information and directions are also available at http://www.duluthumc.org/ and directions http://www.duluthumc.org/home.aspx?igid=50652
On December 6, a funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church
of Saint Monica, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth. The family will receive guests
after the Mass in the church hall. Church information and directions are also
available at http://www.saintmonicas.com/
Donations may be sent to AIM at Melanoma, 3217 Bob O Link Court, Plano, TX
The family will receive friends on Sunday December 4 from 4-7 p.m. at Bill Head
Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc at 3088 Highway 120, Duluth, GA. Directions
may also be found at http://www.billheadfuneralhome.com/page6.html
and click on Duluth chapel option.
Scott meant a great deal to all of us, and he, his contributions, and his
presence will be missed very, very much. Please continue to show your support
for his wife, Linda, and her family and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Last revised August 1, 2017