Adam Lynch is an entrepreneurial and data-driven executive with global experience in manufacturing operations in domestic and international companies. He has launched start-ups and expanded operations for both private equity and publicly traded firms, and has decisive leadership skills that have lead turnarounds of under-performing companies, particularly aerospace, including FAA Repair Stations and Nadcap Special Processing (Anodizing, Heat Treating, and NDT Inspection).  



Academic Interests and Expertise
  • Wichita State University Undergraduate Courses

                                ENGT 312, Mechanics – Statics, Face to Face & Hybrid

                                ENGT 313, Mechanics – Dynamics, Face to Face & Hybrid

                                ENGT 323, Mechanics – Fluids, Face to Face & Hybrid

                               ENGT 334, Mechanics – Materials (Strength of Materials), Face to Face & Hybrid

                                ENGT 348, Mechanics – Machine Elements, Face to Face & Hybrid

  • Graduate Degree Courses

                                IME 764, Systems Engineering, Face to Face & Hybrid

                                IME 767, Lean Manufacturing, Face to Face & Hybrid


  • WSU Tech (formerly Wichita Area Technical College Associate Degree Courses

                                LEN 100, Lean for Operations, Face to Face, Hybrid, & On-line

                                OPM 105, Operations Management, On-line

                                OPM 110, Supply Chain Management, On-line

Areas of Research Interest

  • Continuous Improvement - Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and, Theory of Constraints
  • Manufacturing and Assembly - Aerospace, Automotive and consumer durable goods
  • Metal forming and Testing (forging, machining, thermal and chemical processing, surface enhancement, NDT)
  • Operational Transformations - Manual, Mechanization, Automation and Robotics
  • Engineering Education - Hands-on projects and Active learning methods
  • Leadership Development - Coaching and Mentoring techniques


Areas of Teaching Interest
  • Leadership Vision
  • Building Tactical Marketing Plans
  • Revenue, GP and EBITDA Growth
  • ISO 9000, AS 9100, NADCAP
  • Program and Project Management
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Capital Equipment investment
  • Aerospace – Nadcap and FAA
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Several in progress currently.
Professional Experience


  • Professor (Associate Teaching) Wichita State University - 8/2021 to present


  •  B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1992
  • MBA in International Management from theThunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University in 1995.
  • Ph.D. in Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering from Wichita State University in 2018.                                                   


  • Director of Operations Premier Processing, LLC a division of Cadence Aerospace- 12/2020 to 11/2021

  • Professor (Adjunct Faculty) Wichita State University Department of Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering- 8/2016- 8/2021

  • Director of Administration Premier Processing, LLC a division of Cadence Aerospace- 2/2020- 11/2020

  • President Premier Processing, LLC- 8/2009- 2/2020

  • President & CEO Coast Plating, Inc. (The 180 Group)- 8/2007- 7/2009

  • President & CEO Coast Thermal Processing, LLC (The 180 Group)- 7/2008- 7/2009

  • Vice President of Quality Forged Metals Inc. (a division of The Carlyle Group)- 8/2002-10/2003

  • Master Black Belt / Lean MANUFACTURING Manager Forged Metals Inc. (a division of The Carlyle Group)- 1/2001- 7/2002

Awards and Honors



  • Six Sigma Black Belt – GE Capital, Fontana, California - 2000
  • Certified Facilitator, Lean Manufacturing - Teleflex Incorporated, Nottingham, England - 1999
  • Supplier Six Sigma Black Belt - GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio - 1999
  • Global Leadership Program (Teleflex, Inc.) - Thunderbird Executive Education Program, Glendale, Arizona - 1995



  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) – American Society for Quality
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) – American Society for Quality
  • Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) – American Society for Quality
  • Lean Bronze Knowledge Certificate – Society for Manufacturing Engineers - 2016
Areas of Service
  • Mitigated revenues in the face of Boeing 737 Max and Covid-19 pressures