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Steven Schmid

Steven Schmid


Phone: 574-631-9489

Office: 150 Multidisciplinary Building


Ph.D, Northwestern University, 1993

M.S., Northwestern University, 1989

B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1986


Dr. Schmid performs varied research in many aspects of manufacturing, especially in tribological applications in manufacturing. Recent projects include research on the mechanisms through which emulsions lubricate metal rolling and ironing, development of new friction and heat transfer models for use in finite element simulation of forging and metal working operations, use of environmentally friendly polymer coatings in ironing, and novel forming and fabrication schemes for metal foams.

Lubrication, friction and wear problems have traditionally been subjects which were investigated, both experimentally and theoretically, at macroscopic scales, even though important phenomenon occur at the sub-micron level. For example, a surface asperity on a tooling surface will penetrate and plow a workpiece in an extrusion operation, but the maximum depth of penetration is only one-half a micrometer or so. Current research emphasizes single asperity plowing simulation in an atomic force microscope and correlation with a mathematical model based on the upper bound theorem of plasticity.

Dr. Schmid is involved in the design and manufacture of new types of orthopedic implants. One area deals with the design of new types of implants that are less invasive than traditional ones. For example, a new hip fracture device is under research that involves a 25 mm incision instead of the traditional 300 mm incision, and which does not require any dissection of soft tissue for implantation. Dr. Schmid is also developing new forms of bone ingrowth scaffolding and artificial cartilage.


  • Giordano, M., and Schmid, S.R., "Application of Contact Mode AFM to Manufacturing Processes", in Bhushan, B., ed., Applied Scanning Probe Methods, Springer-Verlag, to appear October 2009.
  • Kalpakjian, S., and Schmid, S.R., Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, 6th ed., Pearson Education, March, 2009. Also available in Spanish and Chinese translations, e-book version, as well as an SI-specific edition. Macedonian and Indonesian translations in progress.
  • Kalpakjian, S., and Schmid, S.R., Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials, 5th ed., Pearson Education, 2008. Also available in Korean and Italian translations. German translation in progress.
  • Hamrock, B.J., Schmid, S.R., and Jacobson, B.O., Fundamentals of Machine Elements, 2nd ed. New York, McGraw-Hill, 2005. Also available in Spanish and Chinese translations.
  • Kotha, S., Li, C., Schmid, S.R., and Mason, J., "Reinforcement of Bone Cement Using Zirconia Fibers with and without Acrylic Coating," J. Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, v. 88, 2009, pp. 898-906.
  • Selles, M., Schmid, S.R., and Segu, V.J., "Ironability of a Three-Layered Polymer Coated Steel - Part 1: Experimental Investigation", J. Materials Processing Technology, v. 202, 2008, pp. 7-14.
  • Yang, H., Schmid, S.R., Reich, R., and Kasun, T., "Numerical Simulation of Oil Particles in Emulsion Lubrication", Tribology Transactions, v. 50, 2007, pp. 453-457.
  • Nebosky, P.S., and Schmid, S.R., "Formability of Porous Tantalum Sheet Metal", Trans. NAMRI, v. 35, 2007, pp. 57-64. Winner of Outstanding Paper Award.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Manufacturing, design, tribology, orthopedic implants


Schmid elected international director to SME board

September 7, 2018

Steven R. Schmid, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has been elected to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Board of Directors, where he will serve a two-year term as an international director beginning January 1, 2019.

30 Under 30: Kirsten Kozlovsky

July 25, 2017

Notre Dame graduate and Fulbright scholar Kristen Kozlovsky was called “one of the best graduate students I’ve ever had the pleasure to advise” and “the best student in her class” by Professor Steve Schmid, who was closely involved in her undergraduate and graduate studies, and who nominated her for inclusion in SME’s 30 Under 30.

30 Under 30: Matthew R. Kelly

July 6, 2016

Matthew R. “Matt” Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, but he could ace a major in leadership if such a degree were offered.

Notre Dame Partners with Industry and America Makes: Focusing on American Innovation and Manufacturing

September 4, 2015

America Makes awarded grants to nine teams, with approximately $8 million in funding and $11 million in matching cost share for applied research and development projects in additive manufacturing. Notre Dame is heavily engaged in these efforts, with the University serving as the team lead on one of these projects and partner institution on another.

Notre Dame a Partner in Two Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Awarded by President Barack Obama

February 26, 2014

The University of Notre Dame has been selected as a research partner in both of the advanced manufacturing institutes named Tuesday (Feb. 25) by President Barack Obama to receive government and private sector funding to help revolutionize manufacturing in the United States. Notre Dame is one of only two universities to be named a partner in both institutes.