Dr. John A. Schey was educated in his native Hungary. He received his Dipl. Met. Ing. Degree from the Jozsef Nador Technical university Sopron, In 1946, and was awarded the Cand. Tech. Sci. (Ph.D.)degree by the Academy of Sciences, Budapest, in 1953. He received the degree Dr.-Ing. honoris causa in 1987 from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and in 1989 from his alma mater (now the University of Miskolc).
He held positions as chief technologist at the Metal Works in Csepel, Budapest (1947-1951), Reader at the Technical University of Miskolc, Hungary to1956), Department head at the Research Laboratories of the British Aluminium Co. Ltd., England (to 1920), Senior Metallurgical Advisor at IIT Research Institute, Chicago (to1968), Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago(to 1974), and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, where he now has the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus.
He is Member of the National Academy of Engineering of the USA, Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of ASM International and of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer.
In 1984 he was awarded the Dofasco Award by the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, In 1974 the Gold Medal Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and in 1966 the W.H.A. Robertson Award and Medal by the Institute of Metals, London, England.
He is the author of numerous books and research publications on manufacturing processes, metal working processes, and the tribology of metalworking, including the monograph Tribology in Metalworking: Friction, Lubrication, and Wear (American Society for Metals, 1983). He has acted as a consultant to more than sixty industries, and he has eight patents.