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Urs K. Buehlmann

Associate Professor

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

  • Department of Wood Science and Forest Products

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 Université 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

Reduce Energy ConsumptionThrough Lean Thinking

Investigator(s): Quesada-Pineda, H.J., Buehlmann, U., Bond, B., and Kline. D.E
Sponsor: Wood Education Research Center (WERC) at the USDA Forest Service
Amount: $158,512 with $79,256 from WERC/USDA
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012

Globally competitive U. S. hardwood industry enterprises

Investigator(s): Urs Buehlmann and D. Earl Kline
Sponsor: USDA Forest Service, WERC
Amount: $79,655
January 1, 2010 - January 30, 2012

Reduce energy consumption through lean thinking

Investigator(s): Quesada-Pineda, Henry, Urs Buehlmann, Brian Bond, and D. Earl Kline
Sponsor: USDA Forest Service, WERC
Amount: $79,256
July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2012

Value-added wood products markets costing analysis and system

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs, Steve Lawser, and Janice K. Wiedenbeck
Sponsor: Wood Education Resource Center (WERC); USDA Forest Service
Amount: $317,791 with $96,169 from WERC
August 15, 2009 - August 14, 2011

Improving the hardwood industry's rough-mill simulation capabilities

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs and R. Edward Thomas
Sponsor: Wood Education Resource Center (WERC); USDA Forest Service
Amount: $204,811 with $98,304 from WERC
August 15, 2009 - August 14, 2011

Impact of Increasing Energy Costs on the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturing Industry

Investigator(s): Brian Bond and Urs Buehlmann
Sponsor: U.S. Forest Service Wood Education Resource Center
Amount: $90,304
August 1, 2009 - May 1, 2010

Industry and agency contributions for various projects

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs
Sponsor: Various companies and agencies - national/international
Amount: $8,838
January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010

Online Distance Learning Course Development

Investigator(s): Quesada-Pineda, H., Kline, D.E., Bond, B. and Buehlmann, U
Sponsor: Provost Online Course Development Fund at Virginia Tech
Amount: $13,368
March 9, 2009 - June 30, 2010

2009 VCE Workshops

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs, D. Earl Kline, and Phil Araman
Sponsor: Virginia Cooperative Extension
Amount: $1,776
March 24, 2009 - May 14, 2009

Workshop for remaining competitive in hardwood components production

Investigator(s): Urs Buehlmann, Brian Bond, Thomas Walthousen, Steve Lawser, Earl Kline, Steve Ehle, Jan Wiedenbeck, and Ed Thomas
Sponsor: National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA)
Amount: $5,000
January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009

Lean leadership and lean transformation in a global environment

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs
Sponsor: Lean Management Instituut
Amount: $158,979
August 15, 2008 - August 14, 2011

Workshop for Remaining Competitive in Hardwood Components Production

Investigator(s): Urs Buehlmann, Brian Bond, Thomas Walthousen, Steve Lawser, Earl Kline, Steve Ehle, Jan Wiedenbeck and Ed Thomas
Sponsor: Wood Education and Resource Center
Amount: $44,955 with $27,750 from WERC
May 1, 2008 - April 30, 2009

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME): The future of the U.S. hardwood lumber industry

Investigator(s): Urs Buehlmann, Tod Riggio, Earl Kline, Shawn Grushecky, Scott Bowe, Daniel Saloni, Adam Taylor, Matthew Bumgardner, and Al Schuler
Sponsor: Wood Education Resource Center (WERC); USDA Forest Service
Amount: $197,572 with $98,786 from WERC
August 15, 2008 - August 14, 2010

First Think LIght Symposium – Innovative Lightweight Panels

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs
Sponsor: Stiles Machinery, Hettich International, Hafele, Rehau, and FDM Magazine
Amount: $50,000
June 15, 2008 - December 14, 2008

Industry and agency contributions for various projects

Investigator(s): Buehlmann, Urs
Sponsor: Various companies and agencies - national/international
Amount: $7,965
January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008

Integrating the Least-Cost-Grade-Mix Solver into ROMI

Investigator(s): Urs Buehlmann and Ed Thomas
Sponsor: Wood Education Resource Center (WERC); USDA Forest Service
Amount: $47,368 with $32,050 from WERC
July 5, 2008 - June 30, 2009

Adaptations of the sawmill distributor link in the evolving hardwood supply chain

Investigator(s): Urs Buehlmann, Robert Smith, and Matthew Bumgardner
Sponsor: Wood Education Resource Center (WERC); USDA Forest Service
Amount: $91,857 with $45,928 from WERC
July 1, 2008 - October 30, 2009

Impacts on Changing Hardwood Markets on Distribution Channels

Investigator(s): Smith, R. and U. Buehlmann
Sponsor: USDA Forest Service
Amount: $23,000
August 1, 2007 - August 1, 2008

Identifying opportunities for utilizing forest biomass for energy production and hazardous fuel reduction in North Carolina

Investigator(s): Hazel, Dennis, Bob Bardon, and Urs Buehlmann
Sponsor: NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Amount: $52,144
January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2007

Rebecca Buck.  2009.  M.S.  Integrating the Least-Cost Grade-Mix Solver into ROMI.
Major Professor: Buehlmann, Urs.

Torsten Lihra.  2009.  Ph.D.  La personnalisation de masse pour l'industrie du meuble en bois.
Major Professor: Buehlmann, Urs and Robert Beauregard.

Gavin Wherry.  2009.  M.S.  Trends and Diversification in The Manufactured Home Industry.
Major Professor: Buehlmann, Urs.

Drouin Myriam.  2009.  Ph.D.  Étude de la variabilité de la couleur du bois de bouleau à papier (Betula Papyrifera Marsh.) et analyse de son impact sur la qualité et la valeur des sciages.
Major Professor: R. Beauregard.

Baidy Ba.  2009.  M.S.  Poverty alleviation and non-timber forest products in Senegal: The role of small scale enterprises.
Major Professor: Buehlmann, Urs.

Daniel Saloni.  2007.  Ph.D.  Processing Monitoring and Control System Design, Evaluation and Implementation of Abrasive Machining Processes.
Major Professor: Urs Buehlmann (until 2005), finished degree with Richard Lemaster.

Maurice Deaver.  2006.  M.S.  Economic feasibility of a solid hardwood panel manufacturing enterprise.
Major Professor: Urs Buehlmann.

Robert Stallings.  2006.  M.S.  Recycling of surface contaminated wood via waste stream remediation.
Major Professor: Urs Buehlmann (until 2005), finished degree with Richard Lemaster. This was Master of WP (non-thesis).

Lucia Morales.  2006.  M.S.  Determining the Economics of New Moulder Configurations.
Major Professor: Urs Buehlmann (until 2005), finished degree with Richard Lemaster.

Chris Moriarty.  2006.  M.S.  Predicting wooden I-joist glueline temperatures using heat transfer models and comparison to ASTM E119 fire resistance testing.
Major Professor: Urs Buehlmann (until 2005), finished degree with Perry Peralta.

Veronique Rancourt.  2004.  M.S.  Evaluation et selection de technologies de detection de defauts dans le bois de sciage.
Major Professor: Ait Kadi, Daoud and Urs Buehlmann.

Xiaoqiu Zuo.  2003.  Ph.D.  Improving lumber cut-up manufacturing efficiency using optimization methods.
Major Professor: Phil Mitchell, Urs Buehlmann (Advisory and committee member).

Rolf Zaech.  2001.  M.S.  Lumber-grade cost evaluation.
Major Professor: Urs Buehlmann. This was for Engineer (Applied University). Swiss Institute of Wood Technology.

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