Nanopareil employee Eric D. Schmid wins the SAMPE Young Professionals Leadership Award

By Fletcher Malcom on October 26, 2021

The Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) North America, announced the final winner of the 2021 Young Professionals Emerging Leadership Award  (YPELA); Eric D. Schmid, PhD, Manager, Nanofiber Research & Pilot Purification at Nanopareil. The award recognizes the achievements of young professionals who have graduated from university and are under the age of 35.


According to David R. Salem PhD, CPhys, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, South Dakota Mines, and SAMPE member, “Eric does not shy away from any opportunities to expand his knowledge base. He also continually seeks new connections with people having knowledge of the challenges faced in the advanced materials industry, thereby helping to expand his exposure, and understanding of the needs to be addressed. This exposure has deepened Eric’s interest in polymer composites, which in turn has fueled his drive to study the properties and performance needed to make these future industrial materials both successful and cost-effective.”


Schmid’s contributions to SAMPE are significant:

  1. SAMPE Spring show 2013: Student Leadership Award recipient
  2. Supports SAMPE social media projects
  3. Volunteers with the SAMPE Young Professionals initiative
  4. SAMPE North America Awards Committee Co-Chair
  5. CAMX 2020 Deputy Technical Chair
  6. SAMPE University Research Symposium Winner, 2018
  7. SAMPE Volunteer Leader with SD Mines Student Chapter
  8. Community STEM outreach with multiple local universities and K-12 organizations


“Eric Schmid’s accomplishments are truly remarkable,” said Scott Stephenson, Executive Vice President of SAMPE North America. “His early career achievements come as no surprise to those who know him and recommended him for this award. Eric is generous with his scientific knowledge and stands out not just as an industrial research leader but as a SAMPE volunteer leader as well. I look forward to witnessing great things from this young man in the very near future.”


In his new role at Nanopareil, Eric is focused on research and scale-up of new nanofiber products and production processes.  



The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE®), a global professional member society, provides enhanced educational opportunities by delivering information on new and advanced materials and processing technology. SAMPE provides growth and educational opportunities via conferences, exhibitions, technical forums, and publications. As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a unique and valuable forum for scientists, engineers, and academicians. SAMPE North America is a regional subsidiary of SAMPE that serves Canada, Mexico, and the United States.