Albers School of Business and Economics
Mentor Program

Willie Aikens

Former Director of Company-wide Process and Strategy Information Technology
The Boeing Company (Retired)

Company Description

Aerospace

Job Description

Establish information technology strategy for the company.

Employment History

Forty three years of service working in engineering information technology, flight test, human resources, manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development, computing and serving on national and international boards and commissions (represented aerospace on President Clinton's Y2K).

Education

MBA Seattle University, Graduate Work Mathematics UW, Executive Management Columbia University, BS Mathematics Florida A&M University

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

Introduction to Boeing's decision-makers in executive and technical settings; expect student to attend all meetings that are coordinated by my executive assistant.  Mandatory (although your work schedule takes precedence).

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Lunch Meeting with lunch provided with busy executives and techinical personel. Monday-Friday (11:30-1:30pm)

Additional Information

I prefer to mentor grad students who are current employees at Boeing.  This group explores areas in Boeing that the students are interested in to satisfy their career objectives. The contacts established are critical for follow-on networking for proactive students.