Dr. Linda Schadler has been coming to Lake George since she was 2 years old. Her extended family shares a house in Northwest Bay near Indian Brook. As the daughter of a biologist, concepts of ecology and lake biology have been part of dinnertime conversation for as long as she can remember. As a child she remembers her Aunt and Mother working to help rezone parts of Northwest Bay and has always known that preserving the Lake is an important part not only of conserving a valuable resource, but ensuring the economic viability of the area.
Dr. Schadler is currently the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Russell Sage Professor of Materials Science and 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.
Active in materials research for over 25 years, Linda is an experimentalist and her research has focused on the behavior polymer composite materials. Linda has co-authored more than 140 journal publications, several book chapters, and one book. Linda received a National Science Foundation National Young Investigator award in 1994 and the ASM International Bradley Staughton Award for Teaching in 1997. She is a Fellow of both the Materials Research Society and ASM International.
Linda is a former member of ASM International’s Board of Trustees and the National Materials Advisory Board. She is a current member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. 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 (www.molecularium.com). Children learn that “everything is made of atoms and molecules” and about the three states of matter “solids slow, liquids flow, gas is fast!”