Event Description

On February 26th, the USC construction alumni group will host its Distinguished Industry Leader event.  This engaging, multi-event series will feature leaders from AEC related industry who will speak of various topics relevant to this field. 

This event will feature Doug Mouton of Microsoft. Doug will share how his experiences during Hurricane Katrina and serving in Afghanistan shaped his leadership style at Microsoft as General Manager of Data Center Execution. The session will be facilitated by Philip Stassi, recently retired President of Jacobs Global Buildings and Infrastructure. Both students and industry professionals should find this event inspiring and informative.

Our event on the 8th will begin with a short networking period followed by a presentation by each of our guest speakers. After the presentation, there will be a panel discussion with an interactive Q&A session.  

Questions? Email alumni@usccmaa.com

About the speakerS


Doug Mouton

As the General Manager of Data Center Execution at Microsoft, Doug Mouton is responsible for design and construction for all Microsoft cloud capacity. Leading nearly 350 global professionals, vendors and outsourced staff responsible for developing design and execution solutions that will support the business requirements while remaining competitive in the market. This includes Microsoft builds, leases and hybrid delivery models. Mouton’s team is also responsible for the execution of retrofit projects within existing data centers.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2014, Mouton worked as Group Vice President for JACOBS, Buildings and Infrastructure Program Management Construction Management worldwide. There he led a team of nearly 1,000 employees working on over 100 concurrent large-scale building and infrastructure projects around the world.

Additionally, Mouton spent more than 33 years in the Army National Guard giving him a diverse leadership background including serving periods of active duty for Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina and other domestic events; commanding units from platoon (30+) to brigade size (3,000+).

To learn more about Doug, please click here for his full bio. 


Phil Stassi, Moderator

Phil served as a senior executive in the engineering and field service industry over the course of a forty-year career. He launched his career with Jacobs Engineering Group directly from school culminating in President, Buildings and Infrastructure business unit in Jacobs. Phil participated in the company’s growth from a privately held company of less than 1000 people to the largest publicly held engineering and construction company listed in the New York Stock Exchange. The company now numbers over 70,000 professionals and operates in over 250 offices on all continents. 

After retiring from Jacobs, the CEO and Chairman of Jacobs asked Phil to stay on consulting personally with him as Advisor to the CEO. Since that time Phil designed and has orchestrated the implementation of the first Executive Indoctrination Program in the company, taking new executives through the culture and primary operating protocol for the company. Since retirement, Phil has also served on the Gryphon Executive Advisory Board, assisting in the investment and optimization of engineering and construction-based businesses. He also serves on the four Boards of engineering, construction and start-up technology companies.

To learn more about Doug, please click here for his full bio. 

Event sponsors

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Event Schedule

4:45 - 5:00 pm - Networking Period (light refreshments will be avaliable) in Michelson Hall, Room 101.

5:00 - 6:15 pm - Presentation/Discussion with Q&A

6:15 - 7:00 pm - Reception 

Event address

The event will be hosted on USC's campus in Michelson Hall, Room 101.

Metered parking is available in the area. See USC campus map (http://web-app.usc.edu/maps/) for USC parking lots. Consider taking the Metro Expo Line and get off on Exposition Park.