Dr. Linda Catherine Schmidt

27 November, 195812 March, 2021
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Dr. Linda C. Schmidt, age 62, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021, in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Schmidt was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. She was also an amazing aunt, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, and friend.

Linda was born on November 27, 1958, in Blue Island, Illinois. She is preceded in death by her husband, Michael. Linda is survived by her parents, Patricia Geier and Joseph (Joyce Downing) Geier, siblings Julie (Bob) Bulver, Diane (Tom) Buckhouse, Sue (Karl) Manrodt, Pam (Jim) Long and Dan (Donna) Geier; brother-in-law Andrew (Stacie) Schmidt; nieces and nephews Justin, Todd and Nolan Bulver, Jenny (Chris) Brady, Abby (Adam) Bixler, Katie (Corey) Funk, Sarah and Ben Manrodt, Jared Long, Alex and Will Geier; great nephew Callan Brady, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family by fate: Maureen (Casey) Cogan, Devon and Keara Cogan.

Linda was an outstanding academic. She earned her BS (1989) and MS (1991) degrees in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a PhD (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1995. Dr. Schmidt published over 80 refereed publications and earned various awards including a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award (1998) for research and the American Society of Engineering Education's prestigious Fred Merryfield Design Award (2008). She was the co-author with the late Dr. George Dieter of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the text titled, Engineering Design, published by McGraw Hill. She founded the University of Maryland’s Designer Assistance Tool Laboratory and was a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education. Linda was dedicated to her students, especially women pursuing careers in engineering.

Linda was also completely devoted to her family. Long distances and busy schedules never stopped Aunt Linda from catching up on the classes, employment, trips, activities, and the romantic endeavors of her beloved nieces and nephews. Her quirky generosity is legendary. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A private service will be held for Linda at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, Iowa, at 1:30 pm on March 25, 2021. The service will, however, be livestreamed. Linda will be interred at the Resthaven Cemetery. To leave condolences and view the livestream, please visit

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of these University of Maryland funds that Linda wholeheartedly supported:

1) Mechanical Engineering Design Suite Fund,


2) George Dieter Endowed Distinguished Lecture Series,

If you prefer to send flowers, please send them to a nursing home or hospital in your area.



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Sara Hewitt

11 June 2021

I'm so sorry to hear about Dr. Schmidt's passing (she told me to call her Linda once I graduated, but she'll always be Dr. Schmidt). She was a great professor (I had her in both undergrad and grad) and she was a great source of mentorship throughout my time at UMD.

Glenn McMillan

8 May 2021

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Schmidt. She was a difference maker in my life ... and I’m sure in the lives of many of her students. She will be missed.

Janet Capodagli (Lemont)

26 April 2021

My condolences to the Geier Family. I was saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I am a grade school friend from Riverdale, IL. Linda and I grew close in 7th & 8th grade. We had a similar family dynamic, lots of sisters and one brother. I’ve often wonder what became of Linda after she moved to Iowa. She was one of the smartest girls I new, and we spent may days walking around the neighborhood, sometimes stopping in Geier’s Restaurant. I found out this sad news from another friend who saw it on Facebook. We reminisced about the good times we had at Queen of Apostles. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pam Long

9 April 2021

I am Linda's youngest sister and, on behalf of our family, would like to thank every one for sharing their memories, kind words and condolences.
Our family is very close and we will miss Linda tremendously. Thankfully, we have years of funny stories, warm memories, love and laughter to help ease our lose.

Babak Eslami

1 April 2021

Linda was true definition of mentor, friend, and colleague. I have learned from her a lot. It’s still hard to realize the scope of this loss. My deepest condolences to her family and UMD.

Vincent Nguyen

26 March 2021

I worked with Linda at UMD. She was such an energetic personality, always at 110% with enthusiasm. She was an constant advocate for the students. She always had a very strong presence. I will miss her wit, and humor that always broke up otherwise mundane meetings. My condolences to your family. She will absolutely be missed from our UMD family.

Tom Stoppelmoor

26 March 2021

Our condolences for your loss. We didn’t know Linda well. Met her once several years ago. We know how much she meant to your family.
Tom and Dawn Stoppelmoor

Ken Kiger

25 March 2021

Linda and I both started at the University of Maryland as Assistant Professors the same month, and shared many experiences together in going through the tenure process together, and as colleagues over the subsequent 25 years. Through thick and thin, she was a source of cheerful optimism and kindness, always being there to help as a friend and colleague in times of need. Linda, you left us too soon, and we are diminished by your absence.

Dylan Hazelwood

25 March 2021

I first met Linda some 23 years ago when I joined the ME Department, and even on the few occasions when I saw her frustrated, I found her to always be thoughtful, considerate and kind. When my mother passed unexpectedly, she came over and gave me a huge hug, and told me things would be ok. I’ll never forget how genuine and deeply caring she was in that moment, and it really reflected how much she gave to others, and the type of person she was. Linda was one of a kind, and the world is a better place from her short time with all of us.

Davinder Anand

25 March 2021

I hired Linda when I was the Chairman of the ME Department, and she was a very enthusiastic faculty member deeply dedicated to the area of design. We worked together to establish a laboratory, and she would drop by and keep me informed of her activities from time to time over the years. I was very fond of her, and very sorry that she has left us at an extremely young age. My deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues, and we shall all miss her dearly.