Scott R. Leonard


I currently work as a director at the New York State Technology Corporation (NYSTEC) in Rome, NY, a private technology-engineering firm that serves primarily state and local governments on their information technology and communications systems as a trusted technology advisor and consultant.  I have been with NYSTEC since its founding in 1995 after working fourteen years at GE Aerospace in nearby Utica, NY as airborne electronic systems engineer and manager. 


In 1984, I married my wonderful wife Helen, along with her two sons and daughter, and then we had a daughter of our own four years later.  With the kids all grown and on their own we’re enjoying some time alone for first time in our lives!  I am a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).  I am on the Rome Area of Commerce Board and its Professional Development Committee, the Genesis Technology Committee, the Mohawk Valley Engineers Executive Council, and the Mohawk Valley Community College Industrial Advisory Committee.  In addition I am a member of Toastmasters International and a founding member of two local Toastmasters Clubs.  I am also active in community youth programs, like Boy Scouts and soccer, as well with my church, Stone Presbyterian.  Though I’ve only been back to Miami University and my old fraternity, Kappa Sigma, twice since I left, I do keep tabs on what’s happening there and remember warmly the great experiences, fun times, and well-rounded education I enjoyed at Mother Miami.


“Though I never became a physicist, I always treasure the physics education I received at Miami University.  The relatively small, but high quality physics department and education provided me with a strong foundation not only in physics, but also in a way to think systematically and ‘big picture’, which served me well not only when I went on to become an systems engineer, but also in management.  Nearly three decades after graduation I still have very fond memories of my physics classes, activities, classmates, and professors.”

Scott R. Leonard, BS Physics 1980

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