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Schmidt, Linda

Linda Schmidt
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2104B Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • System and product design theory and methodology
  • Developing designer assistance tools for system and product design
  • Engineering student team training
  • Preservation of proprietary design knowledge
  • conceptual design processes


  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1995

Honors and Awards 

  • Merryfield Design Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 2008

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Selected Publications 


  • Li, X., L. Schmidt, W. He, L. Li, and Y. Qian, “Transformation of an EGT Grammar: New Grammar, New Designs,” CD-ROM Proceedings of DETC’01 2001 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2001/DTM-21716, September 9-12, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001.


  • Schmidt, L.C., H. Shetty, and S. Chase, “A Graph Grammar Approach to Mechanism Synthesis,” Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 122, pp. 371-376, 2000.
  • Chen, W., K. Lewis, and L.C. Schmidt, “The Open Workshop on Decision-Based Design: Origin, Status, Promise, and Future,” Engineering Valuation and Cost Analysis, Vol. 3, pp. 57-66, 2000.


  • Schmidt, L.C., and J. Cagan, “Optimal Configuration Design: An Integrated Approach Using Grammars,” Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 120, No. 1, pp. 2-9, 1998.


  • Schmidt, L.C., and J. Cagan, “GGREADA: A Graph Grammar-Based Machine Design Algorithm,” Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 9, pp. 195-213, 1997.

Related News 

Professor Linda Schmidt is Teaching the Next Generation of Engineers the Foundations of Engineering Design
Director of the Design ME Suite here at UMD, Schmidt researches design theory, education and process. March 16, 2017

Schmidt Named 2016-2017 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow
Professor Linda Schmidt has been chosen as an Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow August 19, 2016

Schmidt Promoted to Professor
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Linda Schmidt has been promoted to the rank of Professor. May 24, 2016

DeWALT Donates Tools & Equipment to Mechanical Engineering
DeWALT delivers over $11,500 in tools to the Department of Mechanical Engineering February 11, 2015

Dasgupta, Fourney and Hwang Named ASME Fellows
Three Mechanical Engineering faculty named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellows February 6, 2015

Schmidt Made ASME Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Linda Schmidt elevated to rank of ASME "Fellow." October 31, 2014

Schmidt Invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
Professor Linda Schmidt invited to National Academy of Engineering's Sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. September 29, 2014

Mechanical Engineering Alumna Westmoreland Becomes Assistant Research Professor at US Naval Academy
Sophoria Westmoreland (Ph.D. ’12) will teach a senior design course at the U.S. Naval Academy. September 6, 2012

Dr. Linda Schmidt Spends Sabbatical at the Petroleum Institute
Schmidt has been spending her sabbatical at the Petroleum Institute since September 2011 March 5, 2012

Design Wokshop at PI
Dr. Linda Schmidt of the University of Maryland visited the Petroleum Institute April 20, 2011

Brian Weiss Earns Best Paper Award
ME graduate student earns recognition from the International Test and Evaluation Association. November 3, 2010

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Receives Top Awards at the National Society of Black Engineers Convention
Sophoria Westmoreland recognized by NSBE for her research and professional achievements. April 21, 2010

Pi Tau Sigma Announces Award Recipients
Dr. Solares & Greg Teitelbaum honored for fall 2008 instruction. February 6, 2009

Schmidt wins ASEE Merryfield Design Award
The American Society for Engineering Education gave its 2008 ASEE Fred Merryfield Design Award to Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Linda Schmidt. May 13, 2008

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments
Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department. May 16, 2007

Pi Tau Sigma Honors Faculty, Teaching Assistants
Faculty Appreication and Outstanding Teaching Assistant awards given by Pi Tau Sigma. December 11, 2006

Pi Tau Sigma Honors Faculty, Teaching Assistant
Pi Tau Sigma honored two faculty members and a teaching assistant during their initiation ceremony on May 10th. May 15, 2006

Pi Tau Sigma Honors Faculty, Teaching Assistants
Pi Tau Sigma honored several faculty and students during their initiation ceremony on May 4th. May 4, 2005

Maryland, U.S. Army Sign Test Center Agreement
Educational Partnership to Enhance MCART and Maryland Student Experience. April 15, 2005

Dan Fitzgerald Awarded ARCS Foundation Scholarship
Daniel’s research interest is in the area of Design, Risk Assessment, and Manufacturing. March 15, 2005

Schmidt to Attend Women in Engineering Leadership Institute Leadership Conference
Congratulations to Professor Schmidt on this outstanding development. March 15, 2005

Professors Duncan, Schmidt Win Clark School Faculty Awards
These awards will be presented at the Clark School's Commencement on Friday, May 23, 2003. April 15, 2003

Maryland's Tau Mu Chapter hosts 82nd National Pi Tau Sigma Convention
UMD's Tau Mu Chapter hosted the 82nd National Pi Tau Sigma Convention on the weekend of February 21-23, 2003. February 15, 2003

Herrmann, Schmidt and Sandborn Awarded NSF PREMISE Grant
The NSF PREMISE grant project begins January 1, 2003, and runs until June 30, 2004. September 15, 2002

Pi Tau Sigma Initiates New Members
Pi Tau Sigma student chapter, prepare to host the National Convention on the UMD campus in February of 2003. May 14, 2002

ME Students and Advisor Honored
The Office of Campus Programs and Omicron Delta Kappa presented their 21st Annual Awards Program on May 5, 2002. May 6, 2002

5 ME Faculty Present Posters at ISR Research Review Day
ME Faculty showcased their research at the poster session of today's ISR Research Review Day. March 1, 2002

Eight Mechanical Engineering Faculty Present at ASME Conference
Eight faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering attended, presented, and were divisional chairs at the 2001 ASME Conference. September 15, 2001

RISE Program Receives Significant Funding From NSF
RISE program is recognized and awarded $900,000 over the next three years by the National Science Foundation. September 15, 2001

NSF Grants $400,000 to Support BESTEAMS
The National Science Foundation has granted to the University of Maryland $400,000 over three years to support the BESTEAMS program. August 1, 2001

Mechanical Engineering Students and Professor Recognized at University Awards Banquet
Students and Professor are recognized at the 20th Annual University Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Office of Campus Programs. May 7, 2001