Joseph William (Bill) Schmidt, former colleague and teacher to many of us in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, passed away on August 11, 2018 at his home in Venice, Florida. Having served at Virginia Tech for 31 years, Bill taught many graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of deterministic operations research, mathematical modeling, and computer simulation. Starting his career at VT in 1968, Bill progressed quickly to the rank of Full Professor, and was a pillar of the department until his retirement in 2000, when he was granted Emeritus status. During this period, he served as Director of the Graduate Program for a record 18 years, and moved the graduate program to new heights by implementing many new practices, policies, and quality control criteria. He also taught hundreds of undergraduates while Coordinator of the ISE Senior Design Course for many years. In addition to being a practicing engineer who consulted on industrial problems, Dr. Schmidt was a true scholar, having published over 50 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings, and authored 5 textbooks on industrial engineering and operations research. His graduate advisees excelled, and several of his Ph.D. students were employed as university professors after graduation, carrying on Bill's legacy of educating young engineers. After retirement, Bill and his partner Arlene Mullen moved to the gulf coast of Florida at Venice, where they were visited by several of us from ISE. Bill was known for his ever-present cup of coffee, his casual but very stylish clothes, his quick wit and sense of humor, and his engaging smile. He will be missed by all his co-workers from ISE as well as by his many former students.
John G. Casali, Ph.D., CPE