Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. and a University of Kansas aerospace engineering alumnus, will meet with engineering and computer science students for an exclusive question-and-answer session at 2:45 p.m., Monday, April 16, in the Spahr Engineering Classroom, 2 Eaton Hall. Mulally's appearance is a precursor to a presentation he will give later that evening. All School of Engineering students are invited to take part. No reservation is necessary for the Q&A;, but students should arrive early to ensure a good seat for this special opportunity to ask questions of one of today's top industry leaders.
Mulally is scheduled to present the first Distinguished Engineering Lecture in conjunction with the School of Business' Anderson Chandler Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lied Center. His presentation, "Working Together" is free, however, tickets are required.
Mulally was named president and CEO of Ford in September 2006. Prior to that, he served as president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and executive vice president of the Boeing Company. Business Week magazine named Mulally one of the top business leaders of 2005 and at the end of 2006, Aviation Week named him its Person of the Year. Both honors were inspired by Mulally's leadership and turnaround of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
In 1994 he received the School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Service Award. In 2002 he was presented the University of Kansas' highest honor, the Distinguished Service Citation. He serves on several advisory boards, including the KU School of Engineering Advisory Board.
A Lawrence native, Mulally graduated in 1968 and 1969 with bachelor's and master's degrees from KU's Aerospace Engineering Department. He also earned a master's in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.