Prof.ir. Robert Munnig Schmidt
Robert Munnig Schmidt (1952) received his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Then he worked at Philips Research on the development of motion systems for the first wafersteppers and control of direct driven refrigerator compressors until 1983, when he became technical manager at Philips Domestic Appliances in various roles.
Robert joined ASML in 1997 where he took on several management roles in the fields ranging from mechanical and mechatronic development to systems engineering. Ten years later he was appointed full Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology and became the head of the Mechatronic System Design Laboratory.
Since 2012 Robert has his own company, RMS Acoustics & Mechatronics, dedicated to professional training in mechatronics and audio research on active controlled loudspeakers and control of low frequency room acoustics. Furthermore, he is member of the technical program committee for the Euspen International conference. Besides his contributions to several journal and conference papers he is inventor and co-inventor of about thirty patents. After his retirement in March 2015 he will fully dedicate his free time to his company.
Robert teaches several courses at the Mechatronics Academy, partner of the High Tech Institute. For instance the Summer school Opto-mechatronics, where he is also course leader. With his fellow teachers Georg Schitter, Adrian Rankers and Jan van Eijk he wrote the worldwide-acknowledged book “The Design of High Performance Mechatronics”, which is included next to the summer school in several courses like Mechatronics system design 1 and 2. Robert also teaches Actuator and power electronics and Advanced mechatronic system design.
Robert loves teaching. ‘It’s fun and exciting, especially if I’m working with young, intelligent people. I like helping them become even brighter. In my lectures I emphasize the importance of completely understanding the physical principles involved in mechatronic systems. Only if you grasp the essence, you can put your trust in mathematical modeling. Tricks and tools are just aids. This appears to be quite challenging for students, but real understanding definitely takes you to higher grounds.’