Dr. Judy Schneider

Materials Science Program co-Director, College of Engineering NSF ADVANCE Principal Investigator Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Materials Engineering Professor of MAE


5000 Technology Drive NW
Olin B. King Technology Hall
Room N272A
Huntsville, AL 35899
Campus Map



Dr. Schneider is Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and co-Director COE, Materials Science Program. Dr. Schneider obtained her BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1977 and was employed for 16 years in the design, fabrication and testing of prototype devices for Aerospace and BioMedical applications. After this industrial experience, she earned her MS and PhD degrees from the University of California at Davis in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Following completion of graduate school, she was employed as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Sandia Laboratories in Livermore, CA and at the Max Planck Institute for Powder Metallurgy in Stuttgart, GE.

Dr. Schneider’s research focuses on advanced manufacturing processes such as friction stir welding and additive manufacturing. Her research thrust is the correlation of the environmental effects, such as temperature and strain rate, on the mechanical performance of structural materials. Much of her research centers on characterization of the microstructual evolution during either the processing or service life of the material.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1996
  • M.S. Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1993
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1977

Honors & Awards

  • TMS Board of Directors, 2020
  • UAH Outstanding Senior Professor Award, 2018
  • Acta Board of Governors, 2015.
  • ASM International Fellow, 2015
  • TMS Distinguished Service Award for Structural Materials Division, 2015.
  • Mississippi State University State Pride Award, 2010 & 2011.
  • Mississippi State University, Bagley College of Engineering, Hearin Faculty Excellence Award, 2010, 2011
  • ASEE Regional Conference (South East), Best Paper Award, 2010.
  • Mississippi State University, Outstanding Researcher, College of Engineering, 2005.
  • NSF/ONR Workshop on UltraHigh Temperature Materials, 2004.


  • Mechanical Behavior and Characterization
  • Polymeric Composites
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Additive Manufacturing

Recent Publications

  • Schröder, J., Mishurova, T., Fritsch, T., Serrano-Munoz, I., Evans, A., Sprengel, M., Klaus, M., Genzel, C., Schneider, J., Bruno, G., “On the influence of heat treatment on microstructure and mechanical behavior of Laser Powder Bed Fused Inconel 718,” in press, 2020.

  • Laquai, R., Mueller, B.R., Schneider, J.A., Kupsch, A., Guenster, J., Bruno, G., “Non-destructive defect analysis of SLM-manufactured INCONEL 718 using synchrotron X-ray refraction techniques,” Met. Trans. A, vol. 51, pp. 4146–4157, 2020.

  • Schneider, J.A., “Comparison of microstructural response to heat treatment of Inconel 718 prepared by three different metal additive manufacturing processes,” JOM, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-020-04021-x, vol. 72/3, pp. 1085-1091, 2020.

  • Schneider, J.A., Terrell, J., Farris, L., Tucker, D., Leonhardt, T., Goldbeck, H., “Low cost fabrication of Tungsten-Rhenium alloys for friction stir welding applications,” Met. Trans. B, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11663-019-01726-6, vol. 51, Issue 1, pp. 35-44, 2020.

  • Anderson, R., Schneider, J.A., Terrell, J., Thompson, S., Gradl, P., “Characteristics of Bi- metallic Interfaces formed during Direct Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing Processing,” Met. Trans. B, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 1921-1930, 2019.

  • Fullen, M.D., Schneider, J.A., “Effects of varying heat treatments on the microstructure and mechanical properties of blown powder Inconel 625,” JOM, vol. 71, no. 3, pp. 1127-1133, March 2019.

  • Stockman, T., Schneider, J.A., Walker, B., Carpenter, J.S., “A 3D Finite Difference Thermal Model Tailored for Additive Manufacturing,” JOM, pp. 1117-1126, March 2019.

  • Schneider, J.A., Chen, P-S, Nunes, A.C., “Entrapped oxide formation in the friction stir weld process,” DOI: 10.1007/s11661-018-4974-8, Met Trans. A, vol. 50, pp. 257-270, 2019.

  • Stockman, T., Knapp, C.M., Henderson, K.C., Carpenter, J.S., Schneider, J.A., “Stainless Steel 304L LENS AM Process Monitoring Using In-Situ Pyrometer Data,” JOM, pp. 1-9, September 2018, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11837-018-3033-7.

  • Schneider, J.A., Lund, B., Fullen, M. “Effects of heat treatment variations on the mechanical properties of Inconel 718 selective laser melt specimens, AM Journal, vol. 21, pp. 248-254, 2018.

Faculty and staff can be reached at the numbers shown here. The department number is 256.824.6810 and the departmental fax number is 256.824.6839.