Nicholas M Schneider

Boston Consulting Group

PhD, Dept Mechanical Engineering and Applied Sciences

University of Pennsylvania 

BS/MS, The Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology 

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Research Expertise

  • In Situ Electron Microscopy
  • Radiation Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • micro/nanoFluidics
  • microFabrication
  • nanoTechnology


Research Projects

  • Radiation Chemistry
  • Copper Electrodeposition
  • Quantitative Image Analysis
  • nanoParticle Aggregation Dynamics
  • NanoScale Phase Change

Curriculum vitae

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
Degree: Doctorate of Philosophy
Department: Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Advisor: Dr. Haim H Bau

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – Rochester, NY
Degrees: Concurrent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Awarded September 2010
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Chemical Engineering
GPA: 3.91/4.00 (Undergraduate), 4.00/4.00 (Graduate)


Bau Lab, University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
Research Fellow
September 2010 to Present
Perform individual and collaborative research in the fields of microscale and nanoscale science. Research focuses on dynamic in situ electron microscopy of liquid systems during electrochemical processes, the onset of morphological instabilities, and fundamental electron beam-sample interactions in aqueous media. Work includes fabrication using silicon technologies, numerical simulations, dynamic imaging in liquid media with electron microscopy, and quantitative image analysis.

Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics and Fuel Cell Lab, RIT – Rochester, NY
Research Assistant
September 2007 to August 2010
Performed individual and group research in the fields of microscale transport phenomena and PEM fuel cells with automotive applications under NSF and DOE supported projects. Master of Science research focused on the effect of structured roughness on heat transfer in microchannel flow. Work included an analytical investigation, experimental design, experimental testing, and data analysis.

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
Teaching Assistant – Physics, Thermodynamics
September 2011 to December 2012
Attend class in order to assist students with learning concepts presented in class. Responsibilities include facilitating weekly recitation sessions, holding weekly office hours, managing online homework assignments, managing grade book, corresponding with student emails, preparing exam questions, and grading. Awarded Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Mechanical Engineering for Fall 2011 and The Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students for 2011-2012 academic year.

Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
Chemical Engineering Recitation Facilitator
November 2009 to March 2010
Organized three weekly recitation sessions for Chemical Engineering Undergraduates. Prepared material for lecture style experience in an overview of Statics and Mechanics as preparation for Fluid Mechanics class taught in Mechanical Engineering department.

Materials Science Lab Instructor
November 2007 to March 2008
Instructed two sections of Materials Science Lab. Responsible for all aspects of class, including: class preparation, lecture, lab demonstration, lab supervision, and assessment. Interacted with students on a daily basis to answer out-of-class questions.

Supplemental Instruction Assistant
November 2006 to May 2007
Attended Physics class in order to assist students with learning concepts presented in class. Facilitated weekly group problem solving sessions. Developed a supplemental curriculum to complement the classroom.

Teaching Assistant
September 2006 to November 2006
Aided in teaching the first year Engineering Design Graphics course, a class based in Pro-Engineer. Assisted in the design of standard and complex parts, and ultimately the assembly and drawing package of unique student projects within Pro-Engineer. Provided grading assistance and additional aid to students during open lab hours.

Lockheed Martin, Maritime Systems and Sensors – Manassas, VA
Design Engineer
March 2008 to August 2008
Played a significant role in a major team project. Utilized Pro-Engineer skills to work designs from concept to drawing release. Presented in all phases of design review in a multidisciplinary environment. Gained significant insight into complete design process and large work environment dynamics. Entitled Installation Kit Design and Drawing Lead. Received Peer-to-Peer awards for efforts on projects.

Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics and Fuel Cell Lab, RIT – Rochester, NY
June 2007 to August 2007
Worked on Department of Energy and General Motors Fuel Cell project. Contributed to design and fabrication of Fuel Cell experiments and test facilities. Expanded overall knowledge in Microfluidics, Heat Transfer, Mechanical Design/CAD, Mechanical Fabrication, and Fuel Cell Design, Fabrication and Operation.

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
Rodin College House: Graduate Associate
August 2011 to Present
Act as live-in resource for undergraduate students in college housing. Responsible for the housing and community experience for a floor of 34 residents and the house as a whole. Programming includes weekly study breaks, house social activities, and the “Sophomore Surge”. The Sophomore Surge is a programming initiative geared toward sophomores in the house in order to provide professional resources, community building, and aid in ensuring student success and the undergraduate experience.

Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
Student Government: Kate Gleason College of Engineering Student Senator
September 2009 to May 2010
Represent engineering student interests in RIT policy through a shared governance system. Performed weekly office hours, attended weekly senate meeting, communicated regularly with constituents, and fulfilled obligations of a Senator in accordance with Bylaws. Assisted in organization and execution of general programming for student body.
Foremost Accomplishment: Facilitated discussion on the Calendar Conversion conversations with Students, Faculty, Department Heads, and Dean. Acted as student panelists for the Student Government Open Forum on Calendar Conversion.
Committees: Institute Council, Plus/Minus Grading Implementation, Room Reservation Task Force, Club Awards, Scholarships
Honors: Student Government Person of the Month (September)

Pi Tau Sigma Honors Society: Rochester Delta Pi President
September 2009 to May 2010
Responsible for overall chapter administrative needs. Assured continual good standing status with nationals. Lead the chapter in the signature events of Fall and Spring Initiation, Service Activities, Faculty and Staff awards, and Senior Pig Roast. Shared responsibility for coordinating club fundraisers and social gatherings. Met with Department Head to outline club priorities and strategic plan in light of desired relationship with the department.
Foremost Accomplishment: Chapter was runner up for national chapter “Service Award” despite being a small chapter.

Alumni Association Board of Directors: Student Director
September 2009 to May 2010
Represented current student view and experience on board. Member of the Student/Recent Alumni committee and served as interim committee chair for spring meeting. Worked with Alumni Relations Staff on programming for students and “young alum”. Took part in organizations strategic plan development process.
Foremost Accomplishment: Offered Director position as an alumnus upon graduation.

Pi Tau Sigma Honors Society: Rochester Delta Pi Secretary
September 2008 to May 2009
Coordinated chapter communications and archival responsibilities. Organized chapter fundraising schedule, meeting details, and advertisement. Restructured chapter assets, filing system, and physical storage. Co-chaired Senior Pig Roast planning committee. Represented chapter at the national convention as sole delegate.
Foremost Accomplishment: Achieved chapter status of good standing after three-year lapse.




  • Schneider, N.M., “Electron beam effects in liquid cell TEM and STEM,” Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy, Cambridge University Press, Late 2015


  • Schneider, N.M., Park, J.H., Grogan, J.M., Steingart, D.A., Kodambaka, S., Bau, H.H., and Ross, F.M., “Direct Nanoscale Observation of the Transition to Diffusion Limited Electrodeposition,” (Journal Article in Preparation)
  • Norton, M.M, Schneider, N.M., Ross, F.M., and Bau, H.H., “Growth and Transport of Sub-Micron Bubbles in a Wedge Geometry,” (Journal Article in Preparation)


  • Schneider, N.M., "Liquid cell transmission electron microscopy for analysis of solid/liquid interfaces,” TAILored surfaces in Operando conditions: Structure and Reactivity, 2014 April 1, Fontainebleau, Paris, France.
  • Schneider, N.M., Park, J.H., Grogan, J.M., Kodambaka, S., Steingart, D.A., Ross, F.M. and Bau, H.H., “Visualizing In Situ Electrochemical Deposition and Dendrite Growth with the Nanoaquarium,” Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, 2013, Boston, MA. (Selected as part of the first MRS Monthly Webinar on “In Situ Electron Microscopy”, Video Available) 
  • Schneider, N.M., “Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy with the nanoAquarium: Radiation and Electrochemistry,” Villanova University, VCASE Lecture Series, 2014 October 24, Villanova, PA.
  • Schneider, N.M., “Radiation Chemistry in Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy,” Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Lab, Advanced Electron Microscopy Workshop: Aberration-Corrected STEM Imaging, Spectroscopy, and In Situ Microscopy, 2014, September 18-19, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • Schneider, N.M.“In Situ Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy with the NanoAquarium: A Study in Electrochemistry and Radiation Chemistry”, University of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department Seminar, 2014 June 17, Philadelphia, PA. (VIDEO)
  • Schneider, N.M., "In Situ Electron Microscopy of Liquids with the NanoAquarium", RIT Mechanical, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Seminar, 2013 October 10, Rochester, NY.
  • Schneider, N.M., Keynote Address presented at: RIT’s 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2013 August 2, Rochester, NY. (Video Available)