Chris Schuppe began his career with Toyota in 1995 in Design and Evaluation. In this role he worked intensively to establish a North American supplier base, designing and testing Toyota’s North American vehicles and training in Japan. During this time, Chris had the opportunity to participate in and lead multiple lean events in Georgetown, KY, and in Japan.
Schuppe moved to GE Aviation in 2000 and spent 16 years in Engineering, working in systems, advanced turbine blade technology, mechanical systems, and externals integration. During this period, he held several roles of increasing responsibility including NPI team leader, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, module manager and subsection manager.
Starting in the late 2000’s, Schuppe started working in additive in various forms, including polymer and metal additive, as well as more advanced materials. Schuppe’s teams in Aviation led to the creation of the LEAP fuel nozzle; the GE9X additive part, including a first high-pressure, flight-capable aluminum heat exchanger; the GE Catalyst engine, which took 855 conventional parts and converted them to 12; as well as many others that are not public yet.
In October of 2016, Schuppe helped found GE Additive as the engineering integration leader for GE Additive and then led the GE Additive AddWorksTM team to accelerate additive adoption across all industries. AddWorks encompasses design, materials, industrialization consulting, low-rate production and prototyping. Schuppe now leads the GE Additive Engineering & Technology teams helping advance the state of the art of additive machines, applications and materials.