Operations Manager, responsible for the development of the operations function of the company. After working as engineer in technical companies for several years, Aart studied organization psychology. He works since 2001 at MEE. In the project LEAN 4.0. Aart will be the primarily responsible person within MEE and the project leader. He incorporates in the LEAN 4.0 project the vision of the development of the production plant related to smooth, up scalable production and the development and implementation of automated (Smart) production technology. He will be the MEE project leader of the WP 6 pilot studies. Besides his work at MEE, Aart is actively involved in regional Dutch initiatives and networks regarding the development of Smart Technologies in production. This is valuable input for WP 1, 5 and 8.