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Mueller received the prestigious award for his lifetime of achievement in the global automotive industry. His leadership led to the establishment of General Motors' Vehicle Development Process, which linked the cross-functional efforts of engineering and manufacturing.
Mueller served on GM's North America Strategy Board, the Automotive Strategy Board and the Board of Directors for the Saturn Corporation. He also was a member of the board of directors of the Fiat-General Motors Powertrain Joint Venture and for Isuzu Motors Limited, in which General Motors had an equity partnership.
Mueller joined General Motors' Chevrolet Motor Division in 1960. While there, he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1965.
In a career that spanned 40 years, Mueller held a variety of engineering positions with General Motors. In 1997, Mueller became group vice president for GM Powertrain, where he established an innovative global business management process based on closed-loop learning cycles, which is still in use today. He retired from General Motors in October 2000.
Mueller was a founding member of the governing council of the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), an umbrella organization that promotes and monitors pre-competitive research among the Big Three automakers. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., and the Board of Trustees for Kingsbury School in Oxford, MI.
Mueller has been an active supporter of SAE International and has urged his associates to participate in such events as the Collegiate Design Competition and Future Truck. He also served as general chairman of the 2001 SAE World Congress, and co-chair of the 1996 Global Vehicle Development Conference.
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion and the Collegiate Design Series.