VT Lean founder Mathias Schmitt in a buisness suit.

Mathias Schmitt

Prior to Virginia Tech, Mathias was working as a Management Consultant at proLean Consulting AG and the Lean Management Institut; specialized in Lean transformations and Lean business systems in Duesseldorf, Germany. Since the start of his career, Mathias has been actively involved in lean transformation projects in Austria, France, Russia, USA, Germany, Turkey, and The Netherlands.

Mathias graduated in facility layout design and material flow from the University of Applied Sciences Lippe & Höxter, Germany. During that time, he was also a student trainee with Egger GmbH & Co. KG, Brilon, Germany working on industry projects and later with Lignum Consulting Inc., Charlotte, USA where he had assignments to consulting projects in North America.

He is currently a PhD student at Virginia Tech working on topics related to next generation management, lean leadership, lean transformation (change management) and global competitiveness.