Philip S. Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E.

Donald J. Douglass Centennial Professor in Engineering and
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

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Dr. Schmidt received his B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from M.I.T and his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford. From 1968-1970, he was a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow at Prairie View A&M University. He has been on the faculty in mechanical engineering at U.T. since 1970, and from 1978 to 1981 served at the University-level as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Schmidt's research focuses on industrial thermal processes, particularly the application of microwave and radio-frequency heating to industrial heating and drying (article). He has written over 75 articles in the research literature, is the author or coauthor of three books and several book chapters, and holder of three patents. In addition to two years as an aerodynamics research engineer for Bell Helicopter Company, Dr. Schmidt has been a consultant to a number of corporations, national laboratories and government and private organizations, including the Electric Power Research Institute and the Gas Research Institute. He was Chairman of the Joint U.S.-Soviet Symposium on Efficient Electricity Use, a member of the Committee on the Future of Central-Station Electric Power of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Electricity Utilization Working Group for the Office of Technology Assessment of the Congress.

Dr. Schmidt teaches courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics, as well as a series of industrial short-courses on electrotechnology applications and a summer engineering design institute for high school science honor students. He is a leader in the application of electronic media to engineering instruction and is the founder and former director of the College of Engineering Instructional Media Laboratory (now the Faculty Innovation Center). He is the founder and director of the PROCEED (Project-Centered Education) Project, a major curriculum reform program in Mechanical Engineering. (article)

Dr. Schmidt has received a number of teaching honors. In 1992, he received the Ralph Coats Roe Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, given annually to one mechanical engineering educator in North America. In 1994 he was named Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and in 1995 he was selected as an inaugural member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers of the University of Texas at Austin.