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Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally Speaks with Students at KU School of Engineering

Friday, 1 May 2009 8:22 CDT

Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally visited with University of Kansas students Wednesday, April 29, at Eaton Hall on the KU campus.

Mulally — who earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from KU in 1968 and 1969, respectively — held a conversation with a group of about 200 students for more than an hour.  Students were able to ask a wide range of questions about the technological, financial, cultural and political realities facing Ford, the auto industry and the country.Alan Mulally

“We hold the door open for our alumni, especially those who can provide the kind of real-world knowledge that helps our students put their education into practice,” said Stuart R. Bell, Dean of the KU School of Engineering. “This students-only session maximized our ability to reach out to the very people who will soon be entering decision-making positions in business and industry and taking on leadership roles in society.

For Mulally, who has family in Lawrence, Kan., the visit was an opportunity to stay connected with his alma mater and speak with young people about what is important to them when it comes to Ford, innovation and the auto industry.

“Returning to Lawrence and KU is always a treat for me,” Mulally said. “The chance to share the Ford story with these talented, connected young people and to hear their perspectives on new technology, alternative fuels and what the future holds for all of us was an honor.”

Mulally has shown a commitment to connecting with young people through social networking Web sites such as Twitter and Facebook. He recently spent time answering “tweets” from Twitter users, and he has vowed to stay as connected as possible.

The University of Kansas and the School of Engineering also are committed to connecting with its students, parents and potential students on the Web, through Facebook, YouTube and other online media. Visit http://www.engr.ku.edu to find links and more information.


For more information contact, Ian Cahir, 785-864-2936, iancahir@ku.edu.