- | Department of Sustainable Biomaterials | Virginia Tech

Urs works in the area of manufacturing systems engineering and business competitiveness. His activities also address issues relating to globalization. He teaches secondary wood products manufacturing. He is a member of the Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center, an Adjunct Professor at Universite Laval, a member of the board of WoodLINKS USA, and a member of the education committee of the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS). Urs moved to Virginia Tech in 2007 from Enkeboll Designs, where he was General Manager.

Areas of Expertise

  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Business Benchmarking
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Globalization


  • B.S. - Swiss Institute of Wood Technology, 1993
  • M.S. - Virginia Tech, 1998
  • Ph.D. - Virginia Tech, 1998

Graduate Students

  • Adrienn Andersch
  • Ph.D. Candidate


Proposals Funded

Refereed Journal Publications

Trade Journal Publications

Other Publications

Conference Proceedings


Awards and Honors

Graduate Theses / Dissertations

Courses Taught

Short Courses / Continuing Education

University Services

Professional Services