Name: Paul Anderson
Current Residence: Littleton, Colorado
Status: Paul is an alumnus of Colorado School of Mines
Graduation Year: 1985 (Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering)
Involvement at Mines: Paul serves as the Focus School executive liaison between Lockheed Martin and Mines
You were recruited to play basketball at Mines. What was that experience like?
It was a really good fit for me for both the academic side and the athletic side so I accepted the offer to go to Mines. I ended up really enjoying it. I played golf as well; I never figured I'd play it in college.
After graduating, you took an unconventional career route and headed to Lockheed Martin.
When I graduated, the oil and gas industry was really bad in the '80s. I happened to have a person give me a tip that at the time, it was Martin Marietta, now it's Lockheed, was hiring. That’s how I ended up here. I've been here for 31 years now. What is really cool for me is at the time, there were very few Mines grads who went into aerospace. Now, it’s something like 15% of the grads go into aerospace.
What inspires you about Mines today?
The school has expanded and is focusing on non-traditional areas of emphasis. There is a fabulous pre-med program. They are expanding the core expertise into adjacent fields, logical adjacencies. The university isn't stuck in the mud. You can see it in the new facilities and the the lab space. The athletic department is a great example of the mentality of the school that has changed. The mentality in the athletic department is we want to field a team, be competitive and do well. Now, yes, academics is no. 1 but we are going to win championships. We're not going to be mediocre.
What other areas of the university are you engaged in?
President Johnson asked that I do this aerospace alumni focus group through the alumni association. We want to bring more alumni who work in this industry, whether it's industry or folks in academia, to help get the word out as part of what our job is to see how the aerospace industry could help the school grow and prosper. That is one thing pretty close to me.