Dr. Schimmel is a professor in the Department of Engineering at Olivet. Before joining the Olivet faculty, he taught chemical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and served as Director of the Applied Science and Technology Ph.D. Program and Director of Education for the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center. Industrial experience included working as a technical co-op with Union Carbide as an undergraduate student.
He is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) in North Carolina and an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Chemical Engineering Program Evaluator. His research interests include Membrane Separations and Membrane Reactors, Life Cycle Assessment, Technoeconomic Analysis, Biofuels, Bioremediation, and STEM Education. These efforts have resulted in over 37 refereed journal publications, 3 conference proceedings books edited, 13 workshop presentations, 45 reviewed conference proceedings and 130 conference presentations. This work has been supported by 75 proposals funded (39 as lead PI) totaling more than $35 million with sources including NSF, NOAA, EPA, DOE, USDA, NASA, DoD, USAID, and DoEd.
Courses Dr. Schimmel teaches at Olivet include Engineering Design I & II, Thermodynamics, Separations, Reactor Design, Fluid Transport, and Environmental Engineering. He is a member of and serves as faculty advisor for the ONU student section of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). He is also a member of ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education).
He and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of six children (Konrad, Andrea, Aaron, Kaleb, April and Kathleen) and have four grandchildren (Piper, Lydia, Ruthie and Kenton). He enjoys serving in the children's ministries at Life Community Church in Greensboro, NC and volunteering with Love Life.