Presently Dr. Schmitt is Chairman of a High Level Review Group reviewing NATO's Science Program. He is a member of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advisory Board.

He is also Vice Chairman-Technology of the Center for Economic Growth of the New York State Capital Region. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness.

Dr. Schmitt was a member of the National Science Board the governing body of the National Science Foundation from 1982 til 1994 and served as its chairman from 1984 to 1988.