Dean L. Schneider, Ph.D., P.E.


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Dr. Schneider is the co-Director of the Southern Regional Manufacturing Center, a regional operation of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) hosted by the Texas A&M Energy Institute.  He is responsible for Institute operations in the southern United States.  His team works with the Institute’s regional members to develop and implement Smart Manufacturing technologies in the region. They also provide outreach /training to both industry and researchers in Smart Manufacturing.

Prior to CESMII, Dr. Schneider was the Director of Manufacturing Operations and Process Engineering Division at the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), an applied research center under the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).  His group provided support to industry and governmental agencies for process improvement, manufacturing technology, and test & evaluation.  Dr. Schneider was also responsible for coordinating TEES’ participation in large-scale manufacturing initiatives and industry collaborations.  During his time at TCAT, Dr. Schneider successfully developed and managed over $3M in test and evaluation projects and over $7M in technology application and support projects. These projects included the development and implementation of water and power distribution technologies to improve conditions in border communities along the Texas/Mexico border.

A former active duty US Air Force research and development engineer, Dr. Schneider’s experience includes support to industry and governmental agencies for process improvement, manufacturing technology, and test & evaluation. He has also been a part of human-centered management and test & evaluation positions, including a faculty appointment at the Air Force Institute of Technology. 

Dr. Schneider is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of SME, and has been recognized as a Texas A&M Regents Fellow and a TEES Center Fellow. Dr. Schneider earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin specializing in robotics and reliability.  He has a MS Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.