Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering


Office: Engineering B9
Phone: 970-491-5140

Dr. Steven L. Schaeffer

Director, Engineering Manufacturing Education Center


Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Schaeffer joined CSU in 1996, and the department in 2001. He is the director of the Engineering Manufacturing Education Center (EMEC). Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Schaeffer worked in industry as a patternmaker, foundryman, tool and die maker, and as a manager in manufacturing. He taught classes in engineering graphics, electricity and electronics, power and energy, welding and fabrication, metal casting, and machining at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. While serving on the faculty in the Department of Manufacturing Technology and Construction Management (currently Construction Management) at Colorado State University, Dr. Schaeffer taught classes in industrial materials and processes, materials testing and evaluation, forest products manufacturing, and earned a Ph.D. in Vocational Education – Technology of Industry — Manufacturing. Professor Schaeffer is currently engaged in rapid/flexible tooling, casting of metals, polymers, and metal-matrix composites.


  • Ph.D. 1996, Colorado State University—Vocational Education- Industrial Manufacturing Technology
  • M.S. 1986, Colorado State University—Industrial Sciences and Technology Education
  • B.S. 1984, Millersville University of Pennsylvania—Industrial Arts Education

Research Interests

  • Metal Casting
  • Flexible Tooling
  • Metal-Matrix Composites
  • Rapid Tooling

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 – Dean’s Recognition — Safety, C.O.E.
  • 2006 – Outstanding Administrative Professional Award, CSU College of Engineering