Ryan Schmaltz

Director, METLMedia + Emerging Technology Lab

Ryan Schmaltz

Ryan Schmaltz joined UNCSA in December 2017 as Director of the Media and Emerging Technology Lab (“METL”). As the Lab’s founding director, he leads the lab’s overall vision, programs, operations and external partnerships. METL was founded by the School of Filmmaking and is focused on content and experience creation through emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, motion capture and others.

Ryan has been at the forefront of technology since he began his career. He is a technology executive, speaker, advisor and entrepreneur. Previously, he was Executive Vice President at Blippar, one of the world’s leading companies for augmented reality and computer vision. Prior to Blippar, Ryan was an early leader at Uber and led cross-functional strategic initiatives for Uber’s executive leadership. He has also held roles at Microsoft, Adobe and Deloitte.


MBAJohns Hopkins University

BS Management Information Systems & Supply Chain ManagementCalifornia State University, Chico