J. Scott Thornton graduated in 1968 from the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and proceeded to develop a series of unique engineering solutions and enhancements for industries and critical entities such as the US Navy.
In 1975 J. Scott Thornton co-founded Texas Research Institute (TRI), later renamed Texas Research International. He engendered the employee-owned company with a culture of scientific excellence, encouragement, and trust.
The company flourished over the years, and today its service centers expand into Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia while providing technical, scientific, testing, materials engineering, and consulting expertise to a diverse range of industries and government agencies.
One of his many accomplishments was receiving an International Geosynthetic Society (IGS) Service Award in 2002 at the 7th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Nice, France.
J. Scott Thornton served as TRI’s one and only President until his death in 2014. Scott Strehli is the current chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of TRI. Mr. Strehli oversees the strategic direction of TRI and it’s 13 subsidiaries. Additionally, Mr. Strehli directly manages TRI’s real estate portfolio and leads TRI’s commercialization efforts associated with internally developed products. Mr. Strehli is also the co-trustee of the TRI Thornton Foundation.