Tom Channell, ESEP

Professor of Systems Engineering, Defense Acquisition University Executive Coach


301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Tom Channell has spent his entire career of over 30 years dedicated to the Defense Industry, where he pursued innovative solutions to complex problems while setting an exemplary leadership example. He began his career in 1992 as an Industrial Engineer supporting the Directorate of Logistics at Fort Benning, Georgia.

In 2000, Tom began a position at Redstone Arsenal supporting various Army PEO Aviation Project Offices. He served as the Production Engineer for the RAH-66 Comanche Program from 2000 to 2004 and as Lead Systems Engineer for the MQ-8B Fire Scout Program from 2004 to 2007. He was then appointed Chief Engineer for the MQ-1C Grey Eagle program from 2007 to 2011 and was later promoted to Division Chief for Systems Engineering Management in the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Command – Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC). In this role, he led an organization of Systems Engineers and simultaneously served as the AvMC Chief Systems Engineer.

Tom is currently committed to sharing his expertise by serving as a professor of Systems Engineering for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), instructing courses in Engineering and Technology Management (ETM). In addition to his role at DAU, Tom operates the consulting firm All About Methods LLC. In the past, he taught Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior as an adjunct professor for Troy State University from 1995 to 2007.

Tom earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University, an MBA from Columbus State University, and a M.S. in Systems Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Tom is an International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP), and an active Executive Coach.


  • M.S. in Systems Engineering, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2006
  • MBA, Columbus State University, 1994
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Auburn University, 1991


  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Alpha Pi Mu – Industrial and Systems Engineering Honor Society

Honors & Awards

  • International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP)


  • Leadership
  • Systems Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Project Management
  • Management Principles
  • Organizational Behavior