FRANZ SCHNEIDER:
 
FRANZ SCHNEIDER




 
 
 
 
 
Founder and CEO, Humantech in Ann Arbor. Schneider is an internationally recognized expert in human performance and founded Humantech in 1979. His career includes positions in both government and industry. Schneider has developed and delivered thousands of training and engineering programs for health and safety professionals, engineers, ergonomists, facilities managers, and ergonomics committees. He also helps organizations integrate ergonomics with business performance objectives including Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, design for assembly, and systems reliability. Schneider received dual bachelorís degrees in physiology and systems engineering from the State University of New York. He obtained his masterís degree in ergonomics from the University of Guelph in Canada, and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Cologne in Germany. He is a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Schneider is a board-certified professional ergonomist.


WHERE BORN: "Toronto, Ontario."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Family is a given. And then the coach of the Boston Minutemen professional soccer team. He cut me after one season so I had to go out and find a real job."

LAST BOOK READ: "My own, I'm looking at it in revisions. Itís about a month away from publishing, titled The 30-Inch View."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Earnest. Probably everyone else has a different word."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Humantech will either take a thought leadership position and lead the way to the next maturity stage for U.S. manufacturing efficiency, or we will cease to exist as jobs flood offshore to countries with no sensitivity to human rights or needs."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "The telephone because you can talk to people anywhere, any time. I donít know of any worthy thought that fits on a text message screen."

FAVORITE PLACE: "My backyard."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Itís my job. Itís the best gig in the world. I get to meet smart people and work with even smarter ones."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Anything my wife and I cook together."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "What I do for a living is that I make the complex useful."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "On a tombstone, ĎHis dogs thought he was smart."