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Jim Adams

Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Adams has 20+ years of systems engineering experience in Department of Defense, satellite and aircraft systems, and, in-process, diameter and thickness gauging systems. He is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Dr. Adams was a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin Corporation working primarily at the Boulder-area facilities on the Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) ground segments (Space Based Infra-Red Satellite (SBIRS) and Next Generation OPIR).  He also supported other Lockheed Martin programs for the Space Defense Agency and NOAA. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2023. 

Dr. Adams has a diverse set of systems engineering experiences including as the customer for major satellite systems components, as the manager of a systems engineering team constrained by cost and schedule limits, as an associate chief engineer for a major segment supplier, and as the global, in-field, sales and engineering representative of niche measurement systems.

His career is characterized as bringing together diverse customer needs into consolidated product requirements, innovating approaches and solutions, and confirming satisfaction with delivered capabilities.

Dr. Adams teaches Risk and Opportunity Management, and Systems Thinking courses and workshops for the Lockheed Martin Space organization.


Ph.D. 2005, Wright State University-  Engineering

M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology – Electrical Engineering

B.S., Michigan Technological University – Electrical Engineering

Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Satellite Systems
  • Systems Thinking
  • Innovation Systems

Honors and Awards

  • IEEE Senior member
  • Lifetime member: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, the Air Force Association, the American Legion and the Handyman Club of America