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Lynch, Charles

Academic Unit:Information Systems and Operations Management
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 155
Office Hours:By Appointment
  • BS - Engineering Mechanics , United States Air Force Academy
  • MS - Systems Management , University of Southern California
  • PhD - Information Technology , George Mason University

Dr. Lynch received a BS in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984, an MS in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1987, and a PhD in information technology from George Mason University in 2000.

As an Air Force Officer, from 1984 to 1989, Lynch served as an engineer and project officer at the Ballistic Missile Office, on the Peacekeeper and Small ICBM programs, in the areas of propulsion and ordinance. Later he served as a staff officer at HQ Air Force Systems Command as a product assurance engineer for all Air Force space and missile programs. He also served as the program manager for the Reliability and Maintainability Technical Insertion Program (RAMTIP).

After leaving the Air Force in 1989, Lynch joined BDM International on the Strategic Defense Initiative and worked in the areas of command and control, battle management, satellite communications, and launch and flight operations. In 1991 he transferred to BDM's parent corporation, Loral Aerospace to participate in the design and development of the International Space Station Freedom on the distributed data management and information systems.

In 1993, Lynch joined the Software Productivity Consortium as their resident Systems Engineer and performed research for the development of a generalized systems engineering process for complex systems. He left SPC in 1994 to work for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Lynch is currently a Network Engineer with in DISA's Network Services DISN Evolution Directorate, where he is responsible for the Architecture of the Defense Information System Network (DISN). In this effort he is responsible for the integration of design concepts and systems engineering processes for the design and integration of a worldwide information infrastructure. His current architectural efforts involve strategic planning and the development of future information architectures for the next two decades. He also serves as the DISA Lead Engineer for the Next Generation Internet Protocol (IPv6).

In 1992, Lynch co-founded Atlantic Associates Incorporated (AAI), a small technology consulting firm, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice President for Information Technology. He consults in the area of corporate-level information technology strategic planning and networking.