Monday, April 01, 2013

Steve Mullins: Drury University professor flies and builds airplanes

To many people, studying economics conjures thoughts of studying the theories of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek and analyzing spreadsheets of data looking for correlations.

In one word: boring.

It is anything but boring, says Steve Mullins, a longtime Drury economics professor.

“You can’t talk about any news of the day without it having important economic ramifications,” Mullins said.

“We are all faced with finite resources. Economics helps us design institutions, government policies and markets that help us make the most of resources and not let them go to waste.”

Mullins, who marks his 30th year as a faculty member in Drury’s Breech School of Business this year, doesn’t spend all of his time crunching data and studying theory.

His father, who died in 1991, was a World War II fighter pilot. After his father’s death, Mullins, who had always wanted to earn his pilot’s license, made learning to fly a priority. However, he wasn’t satisfied with just flying aircraft; he wanted to build them, too.

“I built my first aircraft from a kit. It took me about three to four months to build it in my garage, and its maiden flight was in October of 1993,” Mullins said.

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