Doyle W. and Suzanne Powell
Doyle W. Powell, a native of the Ozarks in Southern Missouri, graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (then the University of Missouri-Rolla) in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. As a student he was active in Alpha Phi Omega, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Blue Key, Chi Epsilon, Kappa Alpha Order, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Student Union Board.
Mr. Powell went on to a distinguished career in the road and transportation construction industry, founding D.W. Powell Construction, Inc., in 1986 in San Bernadino County, California. Today, the company, which operates as Powell Constructors, is a second generation company specializing in highway and infrastructure construction.
An industry leader with a commitment to serving his professional peers, Mr. Powell is a past president of the Southern California Contractors Association and was honored by the association in 2006 as the Contractor of the Year. He also served on the board of directors of the Washington, D.C. based American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He is a member of Missouri S&T’s Academy of Civil Engineering. Mr. Powell was honored as a UMR Entrepreneur in 1994.
Mrs. Powell grew up in southern California and graduated from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo with her bachelor’s degree in social science and certification in elementary education. She retired in 2001 after 30 years of elementary school teaching. A lifelong community volunteer, she has been a member of the Assistance League for nearly 25 years and served in many board positions, including her present role as Strategic Planning Chairman. She has also served the Women’s Southern California Golf Association as a director and foundation trustee.
The Powells have been married for 43 years and have two children, Michael Powell and Michelle Powell Cossota. As members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, they have been generous supporters of the Civil Engineering Department and Butler-Carlton Hall.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Doyle W. and Suzanne Powell Endowed Scholarship for Kappa Alpha Order, aspiring engineers for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their promise as proud Miners and the leaders of tomorrow.