Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999
  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989
  • B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1988
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer, Alabama, #37887
  • Professional Engineer, Arkansas, #21392
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Arizona, #59211
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, California, #35627
  • Professional Engineer, Louisiana, #45079
  • Professional Engineer, Missouri, #2014039895
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Nevada, #21662
  • Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE082836
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Washington, #54610
  • Professional Engineer, Wisconsin, #44305-6
  • ASME Pipeline Engineering: In-Line Inspection course
  • ASME Pipeline Engineering: Integrity Management course
  • Certified Forklift Operator (CFO)
  • OSHA #2045 Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards
  • OSHA #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
Professional Honors
  • Fellow, ASTM International, 2023
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society
  • Oscar Mayer four-year scholarship
Professional Affiliations
  • ASTM International
  • • Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture (Member-at-large, Chair E08.05.01 Fatigue of Materials)
  • • Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing (Sub TAG Chair E28.94.04 US TAG ISO/TC 164/SC 4 – Fatigue, Fracture, and Toughness Testing)
  • • Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities
  • • Committee F15 on Consumer Products
  • • Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices
  • • Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies
  • • Past Chairman Fatigue of Electronic Materials
  • U.S. committee member to the International Standards Organization (ISO)
  • • ISO/TC 164/SC 4/WG 2 "Pendulum impact toughness"
  • • ISO/TC 164/SC 4/WG 3 "Fracture toughness"
  • • ISO/TC 164/SC 4/WG 5 "Fatigue testing; general conditions"
  • • ISO/TC 164/SC 4/WG 6 "Fatigue testing; elasto-plastic strain and crack growth conditions"
  • Chair ISO/TC 164/SC 4 "Fatigue, fracture and toughness testing"
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASM International (Member-at-large - San Fernando Valley Chapter)
  • The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

Dr. Schroeder has specialized experience in consumer and aerospace product durability and design evaluation, machine guarding, hydraulic systems, heavy machinery, pipeline integrity, intellectual property disputes, and mechanical design evaluation. Dr. Schroeder is also frequently called upon to perform failure analysis of industrial equipment, commercial and medical devices, and fitness equipment.

His areas of expertise include stress analysis, material science, fatigue and fracture, finite element analysis, powder metallurgy, rapid prototyping, mechanics of electronic packaging, metallic and ceramic composites, and creep-fatigue interactions. Dr. Schroeder also specializes in thermal/mechanical testing methods and procedures for advanced materials and aerospace components, elevated temperature and cryogenic environments, in situ electron microscopy deformation studies, fractography, and full-field strain mapping techniques. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Schroeder was a Member of Technical Staff at Rockwell Scientific in the field of mechanics of materials and structural metals, where he conducted research on advanced aerospace composites. In addition, he developed test methodologies for surface mount reliability of microelectronics and has developed experimental and mathematical models for material behavior. Dr. Schroeder holds 2 patents and has experience negotiating intellectual property issues. He was an instructor at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California.