Schadler Group

Linda S Schadler

Dr. Linda S. Schadler joined Rensselaer in 1996 and is currently the Russell Sage Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering. She graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a B.S. in materials science and engineering and received a PhD 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, PA before coming to Rensselaer.

Active in materials research for over 22 years, Schadler is an experimentalist and her research has focused on the micromechanical behavior of two-phase systems, primarily polymer composites. Her interests currently include the mechanical, optical, and electrical behavior of nanofilled polymer composites. Schadler has co-authored more than 140 journal publications, several book chapters, and one book. She has given more than 120 invited lectures and 28 Ph.D.s have graduated from her group. Dr. Schadler received a National Science Foundation National Young Investigator award in 1994 and the ASM International Bradley Staughton 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.

Linda is a current member of ASM International's Board of Trustees and a former member of the National Materials Advisory Board and was the education and outreach coordinator for the National Science Foundation's Center "Directed Assembly of Nanostructures" headquartered at Rensselaer. As part of that positions she was 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 with the help of oxy, hydro and hydra (www.molecularium.com). Children learn that "everything is made of atoms and molecules" and about the three states of matter "solids slow, liquids flow, gas is fast!"

Dr. Schadler was recently named as one of the Top 100 Materials Scientists worldwide in the last decade by Times Higher Education, 2011.

Current Research Directions

  1. Nanoparticle-Polymer Interfaces
  2. Nanoparticle Surface Modification
  3. Polymer Nanocomposites

Courses Taught Recently

  1. Strengths of Materials
  2. Properties of Engineering Materials II