The city of Greeley, Colorado — population 100,000 — is the seat of the ninth-largest agricultural producing county in the U.S., and the site of major new energy development placed along the popular Front Range of Colorado. As director of community development, Mueller is responsible for the look and sustainability of this expanding community, with its diversity of issues and population. Mueller loves the variety of a typical workday, which can involve everything from aesthetics (design review and landscaping for a new) to technical concerns (oil and gas development) to legal and economic issue (water policy and law).
Back when he searched for the right graduate program, Mueller considered law, finance, design, and economics. "Then, I stumbled across land use planning, which had some of all of that," he says.
The balance of structure (through core courses), flexibility, and the interdisciplinary nature of Cornell "really worked out well for me," says Mueller. He studied land use and physical planning within CRP, and facilities design, economics, and finance within other Cornell programs — all of which have helped him along his career path.