The Leadership Academy featuring Larry Rieders

September 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

McDonald Douglas Hall Rm 1076

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Aviation Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Program, Physics

Leadership Academy

riedersstoryThe Parks College Leadership Academy hosted Larry Rieders on Sept. 15 for a talk with students. The students enjoyed free dinner and received valuable advice from Rieders, a Parks College graduate.

The Leadership Academy allows exceptional Alumni the opportunity to influence Parks students by serving as Leadership Academy Fellows. In being a fellow, alumni have the opportunity to host workshops for Parks students, sharing their experiences and giving students advice for their futures.

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About Larry Rieders  

Rieders joined the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1982. His career began in Quality Engineering (QE) in the F15 Center Fuselage build-up area. Shortly thereafter the F15 and AV8B Final assemblies were added. As time progressed he moved to the flight ramp supporting the F/A18 and AV8B programs. By 1985 he had been selected to travel to Australia in support of the Australian F/A18 production effort based in Melbourne. When he returned in 1988 he was once again positioned on the Flight Ramp and Paint process areas for QE support.In 1992 he took on a management role as an Inspection Supervisor on the Flight Ramp, Paint and Process areas. Timely coordination with internal and external customers and suppliers like Northrop Grumman Corporation were essential to be successful.

In 1994 Larry chose to move back to Quality Engineering and was selected to lead the Quality Improvement Center in the Machining Center. This was followed in 1997 by a  rotation into the QE core group responsible for Metrics Management. At this point Metrics the phrase, “what gets measured gets improved” took on a new meaning.

From 2000 until 2005, Larry was the QA management representative supporting the Australian Hornet Retrofit Modification Program. While in Australia, other supplier issues arose which led to the development of a specialized Audit Matrix tool. This a standard format which allowed trending for all audit activities based on common checklists and reported outcomes in a balanced scorecard format.

In 2005 his rotation took him to the Technical Data organization as their QA, Process and Personnel Development manager. During this time he coordinated the implementation of LEAN, Standardized Metrics and Training for the organization.

During the 2006/7 time frame, he was requested to assist Supplier Quality to manage and coordinate some supplier “opportunities”. These last two positions allowed him to utilize his past experiences, skills and the network he had developed to help his people and solutions be effective.

From 2008 Larry has been the Quality Engineering Program manager supporting all production related programs in the St. Louis area. This position requires constant coordination with all the programs to assure our procedures (which help guide us through our numerous activities) are well coordinated and effective. We also coordinate actions when those procedures are not adhered to assure our delivered products conform and perform to their designed capabilities in support of our customers needs.

Educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from Parks College of St. Louis University in Aircraft Maintenance Management (with an Airframe and Powerplant license, and a Masters in Management from Webster University. Larry enjoys restoring and racing classic muscle and sports cars, astronomy, photography and CARDINAL BASEBALL! He and his wife Maria (also a Parks AMM graduate) have 2 grown kids and 4 grandchildren, all residing in St. Louis county.

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