Since 2007 Dr. Schoephoerster has been the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he leads a College of over 80 faculty members in 24 different BS, MS, and PhD degree programs. In his first four years at the College, the student population has grown by 25% (from 2500 to over 3000 students, include over 500 graduate students), and the annual research expenditures for the College have doubled from approximately $8 million to over $16 million.
Dr. Schoephoerster received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1985, and his M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Iowa. He joined Florida International University (FIU) in 1990, rising in the ranks from Research Associate to Assistant Professor (1992), Associate Professor (1996), and Full Professor (2001) over his seventeen years at the institution. He established and served as the initial Director of the Cardiovascular Engineering Center in 1997 and the Biomedical Engineering Institute in 1999. The Institute was converted to a Department status in August 2003 with Dr. Schoephoerster as the Founding Chair. In 2005 Dr. Schoephoerster was named the Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair in Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Schoephoerster has been very active in developing educational programs. He led the efforts to establish the BS, MS, and PhD programs in biomedical engineering at FIU, all within a five year time span (1999-2004). He is currently leading efforts to develop doctoral programs in biomedical and manufacturing engineering at UTEP. Dr. Schoephoerster has also been very active in developing academia/industry partnership programs. In 2001 he led the establishment of the FIU Biomedical Engineering Partnership Program, a joint enterprise of FIU, healthcare providers, and biomedical companies. In 2010 he served as PI on a $9M Texas Emerging Technology Fund program, in partnership with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and the UT System, to establish the Structural and Printed Emerging-technologies Center (SPEC).
Dr. Schoephoerster maintains an active research program in the area of biofluid mechanics and cardiovascular devices, with a major focus on cardiac applications. He has over 100 journal publications and presentations of his research at regional, national, and international conferences. His research interests run from the basic (role of mechanics on cardiovascular disease development) to the applied (development of novel cardiovascular devices). He has received over $2 million as PI and Co-PI on research project funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the National Research Council, and the biomedical industry. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Schoephoerster is also very active in the profession. He has served on a variety of local and national committees and boards for the American Heart Association, including serving as Chair of the National Bioengineering and Biotechnology Research Peer Review Committee. He has also served on the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award Panel, and the NSF Biomedical Engineering CAREER Panel. He currently serves on the Public Service Board which oversees the El Paso Water Utilities, including the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant.