Dr. Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993 (summa cum laude), where he was also a defensive back on the football team. He completed his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. Despite his reptilian graduate alma mater, he remains an Owl at heart.
Tony completed a post-doctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and was then employed as a Mechanical Engineer from 1999-2002. During this time, he was also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. He accepted an appointment in the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (UF MAE) in 2002 and joined the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011, where he was Professor and Assistant Director for the Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC). In 2019, he joined the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
His professional recognitions include: 2019 SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, 2019 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2019 American Society for Precision Engineering President, 2019 North American Manufacturing Research Institute/SME Outstanding Paper, 2018 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence, NAMRI/SME David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award, 2016 SME College of Fellows inductee, 2013 UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering Undergraduate Award in Teaching Excellence, 2012 Temple University Alumni Fellow, 2011 Sports Emmy Award (NBC Learn) for the Science of NFL Football video series, 2010 North American Manufacturing Research Institute/SME Outstanding Paper, 2009 UF MAE Teacher of the Year, 2005 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award, 2004 Journal of Tribology Best Paper Award, 2003 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2003 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1999 Measurement Science and Technology Highly Commended Article, 1999 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship (NIST), 1999 Temple University Gallery of Success Inductee, 1998 Department of Energy/National Academy of Engineering Integrated Manufacturing Predoctoral Fellowship, and 1994 National Science Foundation Graduate Traineeship. He was also a GTE Academic All-American in 1991 and NJCAA Academic All-American in 1989.
Tony is the co-author of three textbooks: System Dynamics for Mechanical Engineers, Springer, New York, NY, 2014, Mechanical Vibrations: Modeling and Measurement, Springer, New York, NY, 2012, and Machining Dynamics: Frequency Response to Improved Productivity, Springer, New York, NY, 2009. The second edition of the latter is now available. He has also co-authored over 130 archival journal publications. He is gratefully married to his much better half, Christine Schmitz. Their college-aged children are Jake and Barbara Kate (BK).