Schneider receives AIAA Dryden Lectureship award, presents talk

Dr. William Schneider, visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TexasPhoto of Dr. William Schneider A&M University, has presented the 2012 Dryden Lectureship in Research for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

The Dryden Lectureship in Research emphasizes the great importance of basic research to the advancement in aeronautics and astronautics and is a salute to research scientists and engineers," said Michael Yarymovych, chair of the AIAA Honors and Awards Committee.

The award consists of an engraved medal, certificate of citation and a rosette pin symbolizing technical excellence, which was presented to Schneider after the lecture Jan. 11 in conjunction with the 2012 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting (including The New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition) in Nashville. You can watch his lecture online.

Schneider joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Texas A&M in 2000 after having served as a senior engineer for space systems and assistant director for engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center. Before retiring from NASA, Schneider was NASA's leading expert on mathematical engineering mechanics, structural and mechanical design, spacecraft entry thermal protection systems, and large space structures

Schneider earned a bachelor's degree from the Louisiana State University, a master's degree from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from Rice University, all in mechanical engineering.