Scott completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. During graduate school, he worked as a member of the Analog VLSI and Biological Systems Group at MIT, earning his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees, also both in Electrical Engineering. His doctoral research developed new circuits for energy-efficient wireless neural stimulation. His postdoctoral work focused on developing circuits for neural signal amplification and acquisition. After finishing his work in the lab, he then moved on to become a senior engineer at Advanced Bionics.