Special Missions Project Engineer, Textron Aviation
Project Management Professional, PMP
MBA, Wichita State University
Bachelor in Aeronautical Engineering & Safety, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
WSU Tech, Dir Career & Tech Ed STEM Lab
WSU Ventures, Technology Market Research Team Lead
Hawker-Beechcraft, Lean Implementation Team
- Support Engineer
- Experimental Manufacturing Engineer
Shea currently works in aircraft at Textron Aviation coordinating and leading R&D projects in the Special Missions Department. He is also a mentor for the GoCreate Makerspace at WSU teaching classes in design, 3D printing, laser cutting, and large format printing. Most recently, Shea earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from PMI, and actively utilizes this knowledge in his daily work to streamline how ideas are made into reality.
Shea has always had a passion for aviation, receiving his pilot license at the age of 17, and going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering with minors in math and crash investigation. Since moving to Wichita and working for various local aviation companies, he has earned the Master Certificate in Project Management from CMD, while attending WSU to receive his Master’s of Business Administration. During his time at WSU he led the first team of technology transfer research students as WSU Ventures Tech Transfer Office was formed.
Shea has hundreds of hours of volunteer service designing and constructing exhibits and demonstrations for Exploration Place, and recently managed a short project to turn the whole museum into a Rube Goldberg Machine! Additional community service efforts include being on the current board of the Wichita Rotary Club, and past board of the former Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW). He was honored as a 40 Under 40 by the Wichita Business Journal in 2020 for his community support efforts.