Professional preparation

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Postdoctoral Fellow, 1999-2000

University of Florida, Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, 1999

University of Florida, M.S. in mechanical engineering, 1996

Temple University, B.S. in mechanical engineering, 1993 (summa cum laude)



Associate Chair for Graduate Programs, 2014-present, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte)

Professor, 2014-present, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, UNC Charlotte

Associate Professor, 2011-2014, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, UNC Charlotte

Associate Professor, 2007-2011, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida (UF)

Assistant Professor, 2002-2007, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UF

Mechanical Engineer, 2000-2002, Manufacturing Metrology Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Lecturer, 2000-2002, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Instructor, 1998-1999, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UF

Visiting Researcher, 1997, Precision Systems and Manufacturing Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA


Honors and awards

2017       Inaugural NAMRI/SME David Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award

2017       Highly Cited Research, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, “Analytical process damping stability prediction”

2016       SME College of Fellows inductee

2013       UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering Undergraduate Award in Teaching Excellence

2012       Temple University Alumni Fellow

2011       NAE Frontiers of Engineering Program participant

2010       NAMRI/SME Outstanding Paper, 38th North American Manufacturing Research Conference

2009       Teacher of the Year, UF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2008       Dean’s commendation for “excellent student evaluations” (Fall and Spring semesters)

2007       Nanotechnology Measurement Division Certificate of Appreciation, Agilent Technologies

2005       Society of Manufacturing Engineers Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

2004       American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Tribology Best Paper Award

2003       Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

2003       National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2003       Best Organizer of Symposium and Sessions (BOSS) Award, ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division

1999       Highly Commended Article, Measurement Science and Technology

1999       National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship

1999       Temple University Gallery of Success Inductee

1999       Top Graduate Student, UF Department of Mechanical Engineering

1999       UF Graduate Student Teaching Award Finalist

1998       Department of Energy/National Academy of Engineering Integrated Manufacturing Predoctoral Fellowship

1994       National Science Foundation Graduate Traineeship

1993       Top Graduate, Temple University School of Engineering

1991       College Football Association Student-Athlete Award

1991       GTE NCAA Region IX Academic All-American

1989       NJCAA Academic All-American



Heterodyne Interferometer with Angstrom-level Periodic Error, T. Schmitz and J. Beckwith, US Patent No. 6,847,455 B1.

Flexure-Based Dynamometer for Cutting Force Measurement, D.Burton, T. Schmitz, G.S. Duncan, J.Ziegert,US Patent No. 7,536,924.

Variable Tuned Holder for Machine Tools, T. Schmitz, B. Mann, K.S. Smith, US Patent No. 7,730,813 B2.

System and Method for Tool Point Prediction Using Multi-Component Receptance Coupling Substructure Analysis, T. Schmitz, G. S. Duncan, US Patent No. 8,131,525 B2.

Micro-molded Integral Non-Line-of-Sight Articles and Method, W. G. Sawyer, T. Schmitz, J. Ziegert, J. Bardt, G. Bourne, US Patent No. 8.231,948 B2.

Composite Carbide Compositions and Methods of Making the Same, A. El-Ghannam and T. Schmitz, International Application No. PCT/US2018/014234.


Professional activities

Associate editor, ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 2010-present

Co-chair, 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation Committee of Visitors (COV)

Co-chair, 43rd SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC) and ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2015)

Mock panel facilitator, 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Organizing committee, 2016 3rd CIRP Conference on Surface Integrity (CSI)

Associate editor, Precision Engineering, 2002-2013

Scientific Committee, North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (NAMRI/SME), 2012-2014

Advanced Manufacturing Certificate – established one-year, three-course certificate offered through UF’s Electronic Delivery of Graduate Education (EDGE) program

Board of directors, American Society for Precision Engineering, 2009-2011

Chair, American Society for Precision Engineering Annual Meeting, 2006

Advisory Panel, Engineering Physics program, Taylor University, Upland, IN, 2006

Grant reviewer, Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Rowe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Grant reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada)

Grant reviewer, National Science Foundation

Grant reviewer, Texas A&M-CONACYT: Collaborative Research Grant Program

Grant reviewer, Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics

Grant reviewer, U.S. Department of State – Science Center Programs

Grant reviewer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Advanced Technology Program

Grant reviewer, The Boeing Company Chairman’s Innovation Initiative

Organizer, NSF-sponsored workshop on Uncertainty in Machining, Arlington, VA, February 24-26, 2010

Organizer, 2nd Manufacturing Education Leadership Forum: Moving Forward, State University of New York – Farmingdale, November 13-15, 2008

Organizing committee, 2nd International Conference on Smart Machining Systems, 2009

Organizing committee, 1st International Conference on Smart Machining Systems, 2007

Organizer, CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, 2004

Organizer, Accuracy and Stability in Machining, symposium sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Manufacturing Engineering Division, 2004

Organizer, Machines and Processes for Micro-scale and Meso-scale Fabrication, Metrology, and Assembly, winter topical meeting sponsored by the American Society for Precision Engineering, 2003

Organizer, Current Trends in Machine Tool Architecture and Design, panel sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Manufacturing Engineering Division, 2000

US delegate, India-USA Symposium on Emerging Trends in Vibration and Noise Engineering, Columbus, OH, 2001


Student advising


PhD – M. Kurdi (2005), G.S. Duncan (2006), C.H. Cheng (2007), R. Zapata (2009), N. Mauntler (2009), L. Kumanchik (2010), H.S. Kim (2010), U. Kumar (2011), J. Karandikar (2013), V. Ganguly (2014), C. Tyler (2015), K. Kiran (2016), M. Rubeo (2016), J. Troutman (2016)

MS – M. Kurdi (2003), G.S. Duncan (2004), D. Hughes (2005), D. Burton (2005), R. Zapata (2006), N. Mauntler (2006), L. Kumanchik (2007), K. Prabhu (2007), H.S. Kim (2008), K. Powell (2008), R. Damle (2008), U. Kumar (2009), L. Houck III (2009), H.S. Kim (2009), J. Karandikar (2010), V. Ganguly (2010), M. Rueff (2010), A. Riggs (2010), A. Graziano (2010), V. Ganguly (2010), J. Karandikar (2010), M. Johnson (2011), M. Pope (2011), D. Blood (2011), C. Tyler (2012), A Birani (2013), J. Troutman (2014), S. Landge (2016), J. Menezes (2016), C. Lomascolo (2016), S. Murugan (2016), H. Sathyanarayana (2016)

Current – E. Betters (MS), R. Copenhaver (PhD), M. Gomez (PhD), A. Honeycutt (PhD), C. Kossack (MS), A. Pawar (MS)