METL Leadership

METL Leadership

Ryan SchmaltzRyan Schmaltz

Director, METL

As the Lab's founding director, Ryan leads the lab's overall vision, programs, operations and external partnerships. He has been at the forefront of technology since he began his career. Ryan is a technology executive, speaker, advisor and entrepreneur.

Previously, Ryan 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. 

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management from California State University, Chico as well as an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.


Susan RuskinSusan Ruskin

Founding Executive Director and Advisor, METL

Recently appointed Dean of AFI Conservatory, Susan Ruskin served as Dean of the UNCSA School of Filmmaking from 2013-19. Prior to her work at UNCSA, she was a Production Executive and a Producer in the film industry. Susan’s primary mission at UNCSA was designing a curriculum that teaches students every facet of the filmmaking process from concept and production through marketing and distribution.

While the undergrad film program is focused on shorter form, in 2015, Susan created the Masters of Fine Arts Film program for Creative Producers and Screenwriters to teach students how to write or produce feature length scripts with emphasis on the crucial entrepreneurial skills necessary to make projects happen.

The Media & Emerging Technologies Lab is a response to the new advances in technology which are generating new possibilities for storytelling, particularly in immersive.