Linda S. Schadler

Professor, Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Russell Sage Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Linda S. Schadler joined Rensselaer in 1996 and is currently the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Russell Sage Professor in Materials Science and Engineering 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 23 years, Schadler is an experimentalist and her research has focused on the 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.  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 former member of ASM International’s Board of Trustees and the National Materials Advisory Board,  She was the education and outreach coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center “Directed Assembly of Nanostructures” headquartered at Rensselaer.  As part of that position 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 (  Children learn that “everything is made of atoms and molecules” and about the three states of matter “solids slow, liquids flow, gas is fast!”


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania B.S., Cornell University

Research Focus
  • Polymers
  • Composite materials
  • Advanced materials
  • Signature thrust: Nanotechnology
Select Works
  • “Ligand Engineering of Polymer Nanocomposites: From the Simple to the Complex,” Ying Li, Tim Krentz, Lei Wang, B.C. Benicewicz, L.S. Schadler, Applied Materials and Interfaces, Spotlight, vol. 6, no. 9, 6005-6021 (2014).
  • “Bimodal ‘matrix-free’ polymer nanocomposites,” Y. Li, L. Wang, B. Natarajan, P. Tao, B.C. Benicewicz, C. Ullal, L.S. Schadler, RSC Advances, vol. 5, no. 19, 14788-14795 (2015).
  • “Dielectric Breakdown Strength of Epoxy Bimodal-Polymer-Brush-Grafted Core Functionalized Silica Nanocomposites,” S. Virtanen, T. Krentz, J.K. Nelson, L.S. Schadler, M. Bell, B.C. Benicewicz, H. Hillborg, S. Zhao, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, vol. 21, no. 2, 563-570 (2014).
  • “Stalking the Materials Genome: A Data-Driven Approach to the Virtual Design of Nanostructured Polymers,” C. M. Breneman, L.C. Brinson, L.S. Schadler, B. Natarajan, M. Krein, K. Wu, L. Morkowchuk, Y. Li, H. Deng, D. Gai, Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 10, no. 6, 1-7 (2013).
  • “The Effect of Interfacial Energetics on Dispersion and Glass Transition Temperature in Polymer Nanocomposites,” B. Natarajan, Y. Li, H. Deng, C. Brinson, L. S. Schadler, Macromolecules, vol. 36, no. 7, 2833-2841 (2013).