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. He is Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Programs in his department.
His professional recognitions include: 2018 American Society for Precision Engineering Vice-President, 2017 Inaugural 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.
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. He has also co-authored over 120 archival journal publications.
He is gratefully married to his much better half, Christine Schmitz. Their no-longer-young children are Jake and Barbara Kate (BK).