Carl Schaefer has been an adjunct professor for the School of Information Technology and Engineering since Fall 1999. He teaches both Engineering Fundamentals (ENGR107) and Introduction to Information Technology (INFT101). Schaefer redesigned ENGR107 to include a "hands-on" semester design project as a method to emphasize engineering design, creative problem solving, systems engineering, and team dynamics. In Spring 2000, his freshman engineering students were awarded First Place in the GMU Century Club IT Student Technology Showcase for their Urban Search and Rescue Vehicle. The popularity of the semester design projects has contributed, in part, to the increased enrollment for ENGR107, resulting in the need for an additional section during the fall semester.
Schaefer is principal and chief consultant for FutureLink, Inc., a Lake Ridge, VA, firm specializing in the areas of military aviation, applied information technology, and engineering analysis. He has published numerous articles and technical papers and holds three patents in the application of neural network technology for estimating helicopter airspeed in low speed regimes. Schaefer holds a B.S. in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, an M.Eng. in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is currently an IT&E Ph.D. student (ABD) at George Mason University.