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Kurt Anderson, professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

Linda Schadler

Linda Schadler, professor in materials science and engineering

Two New Associate Deans Named in School of Engineering

David Rosowsky, dean of the School of Engineering, has announced the appointment of two new associate deans for the school. Kurt Anderson has been appointed associate dean for undergraduate studies and Linda Schadler has been appointed associate dean for academic affairs. Both appointments were effective Dec. 1.

Joe Chow continues in his position as associate dean for research and graduate programs.

Anderson is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, where has been since 1995. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in applied and computational mechanics from Stanford University. Following that, he worked in the areas of dynamics, structural dynamics, and controls for TRW Space and Technology (now Northrop Grumman).

Anderson’s research interests are in all aspects of computational multibody dynamics, with particular attention given to development of advanced algorithms.

He is serving or has served as an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics; associate editor of the journal Mechanism and Machine Theory; and associate editor of the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. He is a member of the advisory board Multibody System Dynamics; advisory board Nonlinear Dynamics; and the editorial board of the International Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering. Anderson is a fellow of ASME; associate fellow of the AIAA; and a member of USACM, AAM, ASEE, and Sigma Xi. He served as a member of the AIAA Technical Committee on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization 2000-2004 and chair of the ASME Design Engineering Division Technical Committee on Multi-Body Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics.

Linda Schadler joined Rensselaer in 1996 and is currently a professor in materials science and engineering. She graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a B.S. in materials science and engineering and received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania. After two years of post-doctoral work at IBM Yorktown Heights, Schadler served as a faculty member at Drexel University in Philadelphia before joining to Rensselaer.

Active in materials research for 19 years, Schadler is an experimentalist and her research has focused on the micromechanical behavior of two-phase systems, primarily polymer composites. Recently her interests have broadened to include the mechanical and electrical behavior of nanofilled polymer composites. Schadler is co-author of more than 100 journal publications and one book. She received a National Science Foundation National Young Investigator award in 1994 and the ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Teaching in 1997. She received a Dow Outstanding New Faculty member award from the American Society of Engineering Education in 1998 and is an ASM International Fellow.

Schadler is a former member of the National Materials Advisory Board and is the education and outreach coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures headquartered at Rensselaer. As part of that position, she is one of the executive producers for the Molecularium, a new style of planetarium show that takes the audience (primarily students in K-5) on a magical musical adventure into the world of atoms and molecules.

“These appointments follow the conclusion of five years of dedicated service by Dr. Dick Smith as associate dean for undergraduate and student affairs for the SoE,” said Rosowsky. “Dick has served the school most effectively in this role and he will be missed as he transitions to his new assignment (as a rotator) at the National Science Foundation. We wish him well and are glad to know we will continue to see him on campus from time to time while he is on assignment at the NSF.”
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Volume 3, Number 14, December 11, 2009
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