Willie Aikens

Job Title: Former Director of Company Process & Strategy Information Technology
Company: The Boeing Company (Retired)
Industry: IT/Aerospace
Mentor Since: Fall 1990
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Job Description

Establish information technology strategy for the company.

Company Description

Aerospace

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 executives and technical personnel. Monday-Friday (11:30am-1:30pm), lunch will be provided. 

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.