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Schmid elected international director to SME board

Nina Welding • DATE: September 7, 2018

Steven R. Schmid, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Board of Directors, where he will serve a two-year term as an international director beginning January 1, 2019. Made up of industry and academic leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of experience covering a wide array of manufacturing disciplines, the SME Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization, which has been supporting the manufacturing industry for more than 85 years.

Schmid, who joined the University in 1993, conducts research in the fields of manufacturing, tribology and design, focusing on the design and manufacture of orthopedic implants, additive manufacturing and metal forming. He also serves as director of the Advanced Manufacturing program in the National Science Foundation’s Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation division.

He has served as associate director of research partnerships for the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office at the Department of Commerce, where he helped define the Manufacturing USA Program that now consists of 14 manufacturing institutes across the country. He has also served as president of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute.

He is a Fellow of the SME and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is well-known for being an author of two of the world’s most popular manufacturing textbooks,  Manufacturing Engineering and Technology and Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials.

Schmid, who received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1996, also received the ASME Newkirk Award in 2000 and was selected the John T. Parson’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer by the SME that same year. He has also received a number of teaching awards at Notre Dame over the course of his career and is a Kaneb Faculty Fellow at the University.