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Doug Mueller

Doug Mueller Project Leader
The Boeing Company
B.S.B.A. with an emphasis in MIS, 1992

Doug Mueller is a project leader at Boeing IT and currently leads the IT team responsible for converting the Boeing-St. Louis site to a new, common version of our manufacturing planning and shop floor control application. Doug has been with McDonnell Douglas and Boeing for over 27 years. Doug started his career by working 10 years in computer operations before moving over to the application programming area. Doug was an application developer before moving on to lead application development teams and performing college recruiting duties. Doug has also been the mentor and job coach for several new hires dating back to 1997. Doug is currently mentoring a June 2008 hire who is a graduate student at UMSL.

Doug has Associate Degree's from Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Doug also has a Master's Certificate in Project Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Doug's hobbies include government and politics. Doug also serves as a part-time elected official in his community.

We sat down with Doug and asked him some questions.
  • Why did you decide to come to UMSL?
  •        After getting an associate degree at Lewis & Clark College in Godfrey, IL I started working at McDonnell Douglas. I found it easier to attend the UMSL campus and liked the staff better than elsewhere I checked.
  • Why did you pursue a career in information systems?
  •        I thought IS work seemed fun and that the income prospects would be good.
  • What college classes did you find most useful to your career?
  •        Any class that made me think outside of the normal parameters accepted at the time.
  • If you were in college today, what courses would you take?
  •        Public Speaking, Analysis & Design, Project Management
  • How did you continue your education after your first degree?
  •        I took professional development courses through my employer.
  • How did you find your first job?
  •        A fellow student at LCCC told me of openings at McDonnell Douglas.
  • In what non-academic activities did you participate in college that you would recommend to others (and why)?
  •        Since I worked full-time and went to UMSL part-time I did not participate in any campus activities that did not relate to classes.
  • How would you change your career if you had it to do all over again?
  •        Find a way to complete a bachelors degree sooner so that I could have started a career sooner and made more money sooner and possibly decided to get a master's degree.
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting in the field?
  •        Study hard, learn to think, learn to speak and present in public.
  • Look into your crystal ball. What do you see changing in the IS field in the future?
  •        More globalization and virtual teaming.
    If you would like to ask Doug a question, you can email him at douglas.m.mueller at boeing.com.

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