Robert J. Mueller
Throughout his career as a manufacturing engineer and executive in the defense industry, Robert J. Mueller, ME’68, MS EMgt’73, was a leader in the development, testing, production and quality management of ammunition manufacturing.
After graduating from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Mueller began his career with the Olin Corporation, serving in a number of research and development, engineering and quality management roles at the company’s Winchester manufacturing facility in East Alton, Illinois. He also earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1973.
Mueller later held leadership positions in engineering and production at Olin manufacturing plants in Independence, Missouri, and Red Lion, Pennsylvania. From 1996 until his retirement in 2001, he served as vice president and general manager of ammunition products for Primex Technologies and General Dynamics.
After his retirement as a corporate executive, Mueller continued to work as a defense industry consultant, providing expertise on quality, production and management improvements to a range of clients. He is also a community leader and preservation advocate in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, where he serves on the board of the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation and the State Historical Society of Missouri.
Mueller also continues to give back to Missouri S&T as a member (and past president) of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers, the Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Board and the board of the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center.
He and his wife, Linda, are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh who have generously supported many university endeavors, including the Robert J. and Linda K. Mueller Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship, Kummer Student Design Center, Mechanical Engineering department and the Miner Alumni Association.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Robert J. and Linda
K. Mueller Mechanical Engineering Endowed Scholarship, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue the study of mechanical engineering as proud Miners.