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Schmidt Selected a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers

David Schmidt

David Schmidt

Professor David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been selected as a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the organization’s premier membership grade. According to the SAE, “The Fellow grade was established in 1975 to honor and recognize important engineering, scientific, and leadership achievements to enhance the status of SAE’s contributions to the profession and to society.”

As MIE Head Sundar Krishnamurty says about Schmidt’s honor, “Please join me in congratulating David for his well-deserved recognition.”

To recognize Schmidt for this honor, the SAE has invited him to two events during the WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience in Detroit, Michigan, during the week of April 3, 2017. Schmidt and other newly elected Fellows will attend: the SAE Fellows Reception and Dinner, held on Monday evening, April 3; and the SAE 2017 “Awards Ceremony:  Honoring Excellence,” held on Tuesday, April 4.

In addition to being honored at WCX17, the SAE will recognize Schmidt’s achievement in SAE Update, the organization’s official membership publication, and will issue a press release to his local newspaper. 

Schmidt’s research specialties are sprays, cavitation, and other multiphase flows, as well as wind energy. He is the head of the Multi-phase Flow Simulation Laboratory.

According to his lab’s website, Schmidt’s research seeks to improve the performance and reduce the emissions of modern power systems by better understanding multi-phase flows.

“These studies combine the intellectual challenge of multiple phenomena interacting at multiple scales and provide the long-term benefits to society of cleaner and more efficient power,” Schmidt’s website explains. “For diesel and jet engines, the spray quality has a tremendous impact on the emissions. We also simulate sprays in rockets, where there is a great difficulty predicting and controlling the combustion process.”

Among many other honors, Schmidt has received: a Recognition of Excellence in Oral Presentation for “X-Ray Radiography and CFD Studies of the Spray G Injector” at the SAE World Congress and Exposition in 2016; a Recognition of Service to the Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems in 2015; the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the SAE in 2009; a Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna in 2006; and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002.

Schmidt received his B.S. from North Carolina State University in 1992, his M.S. from Stanford University in 1993, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1997. (October 2016)