Donald P. Lynch, Ph.D.
VP of Operations, Battery Solutions
Donald P. Lynch, Ph.D. received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, MBA from Eastern Michigan University, Ph.D. in Mechanical (Industrial) Engineering from Colorado State University, and a post Graduate Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from the University of Michigan.
His professional career includes positions in operations, engineering, quality, design, management and consulting at Ford Motor Company, Diamond Electric Mfg., Visteon Corporation, SKF USA, The University of Michigan, and University of Detroit-Mercy. He holds six American Society for Quality certifications including Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and is an ASQ Fellow. He is also a University of Michigan Certified Black Belt and Lean Specialist (manufacturing and office) and an International Quality Federation (IQF), Visteon Corporation, International Society of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSSP) and SKF Certified Master Black Belt (MBB). Don also holds certifications from the Institute for Lean Innovation as well as Kepner-Fourie in Critical Thinking.
As a four-time Lean Six Sigma MBB, Don has completed projects, developed programs, consulted and instructed in all areas of Design for Six Sigma, Traditional Six Sigma, and Lean including manufacturing, office, transactional, product and process design, systematic innovation, as well as critical thinking. He has deployed continuous improvement programs for organizations in Asia, Europe, South and North America including the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in a number of industries. He has certified over 150 Black Belts, has led over 20 Black Belt waves and has facilitated over 20 kaizen events in a 13+ year career in Lean Six Sigma. He has completed numerous projects in a wide variety of process areas in four continents.
Don has authored over thirty papers, magazine articles, journal entries, and presentations on Design for Six Sigma, Traditional Six Sigma, Lean Continuous Improvement, and other related areas. In his current position, he is a Senior Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Deployment Champion with SKF USA. Don is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy and a guest Lecturer and Conference Leader, Consultant, and Co-Director of Lean Six Sigma programs for the University of Michigan Division of Integrative Systems + Design in the College of Engineering.
He also instructs in ISD's Lean Manufacturing and Lean Office and Service programs.