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Philip S. Schmidt

Dr. Philip Schmidt earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1968. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1970 after teaching for two years at Prairie View A&M College as a Woodrow Wilson Intern. Schmidt is a faculty member of the Thermal/Fluid Systems Program and was the director the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Project-Centered Engineering Education curriculum reform effort. Schmidt was named an inaugural University Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1995.

Dr. Schmidt specializes in the design of industrial thermal systems and processes for manufacturing. Specifically, he is interested in the application of industrial electrotechnologies and of microwave and radio-frequency heating to industrial heating and drying. He is also a nationally-recognized leader in the application of electronic media to engineering instruction.

From 2004-2010, Dr. Schmidt was Associate Chair for Undergraduate Program Development. In this capacity, he had overall responsibility for planning, fundraising, financial management and implementation of programs to develop excellence in mechanical engineering undergraduate education. Dr. Schmidt is currently on phased retirement and will be fully retired at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.  

Research interests: 

  • Microwave regeneration of adsorbents
  • Microwave and radio frequency-enhanced drying
  • Electrotechnology applications and economics
  • Industrial energy conservation

Most Recent Publications

  1. Salinas, M.J., D.W. Price and P.S. Schmidt, "VOC Recovery Using Microwave Regeneration of Adsorbents: Pilot Column Studies," Journal Of The Air And Waste Management Association, ()
  2. Barr, R.E., P.S. Schmidt, T.J. Krueger and C.Y. Twu, "An Introduction to Engineering Through an Integrated Reverse Engineering and Design Graphics Project," Journal Of Engineering Education, ()
  3. Price, D.W. and P.S. Schmidt, "VOC Recovery Through Microwave Regeneration of Adsorbents: Process Design Studies," Journal Of Air And Waste Management, Vol. 48, (1998), 12, pp. 1135-1145
  4. Price, D.W. and P.S. Schmidt, "VOC Recovery Through Microwave Regeneration of Adsorbents: Comparative Economic Analysis," Journal Of Air And Waste Management, Vol. 48, (1998), 12, pp. 1146-1155
  5. Price, D.W. and P.S. Schmidt, "Microwave Regeneration of Adsorbents at Low Pressure: Experimental Kinetics Studies," Journal Of Microwave Power And Electromagnetic Energy, Vol. 32, (1997), 3
  6. Sparrow, F.T. and Schmidt, P.S., "Demand-Side Management Implications of Electrically-Based Manufacturing Technologies," Energy, Vol. 18, (1993), 10
  7. Chen, Peishi, Sanio, Michael R., and Schmidt, P.S., "Exploratory Study of Microwave Heating in Drying of Hardwood Veneer," Journal Of Microwave Power And Electromagnetic Energy, Vol. 25, (1990), 1
  8. Chen, Peishi and Schmidt, P.S., "An Integral Model for Dielectrically-Enhanced Drying of Hygroscopic and Nonhygroscopic Materials," Drying Technology, Vol. 8, (1990), 2
  9. Sutarwala, M.A., Schmidt, P.S., and Crawford, M.M., "Design and Operation of an Induction Melting System with Gas Preheat," Transactions Of The American Foundrymens Society, Vol. 96, (1988), 1
  10. Sutarwala, M.A., Crawford, M.M., and Schmidt, P.S., "Expert System Model for Melt Shop Configuration and Operation," Transactions Of The American Foundrymens Society, Vol. 96, (1988), 1