Ranney McDonough, Michael Evilly and the Academy of Civil Engineers

Ranney McDonough, Michael Evilly and the Academy of Civil Engineers

Through their commitment as Missouri S&T ambassadors, advocates and investors, Ranney McDonough, CE’66, and Michael J. McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81, have transformed the lives of countless students, strengthened the bond uniting Miner alumni worldwide, and raised the university’s reputation as a leading technological research institution.

Now these alumni, generous donors and friends, along with the Academy of Civil Engineers, have stepped forward to make a difference by establishing an Endowed Scholarship for Civil Engineering.

A native of southeast Missouri, Ranney served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from Missouri S&T. Over the past 36 years, as the founder and president of McDonough Engineering Corporation, he has led more than 2,000 engineering projects for government, industry, commercial and land development clients. He has also given back to Missouri S&T as a member of the Academy of Civil Engineers, a leader in the Houston alumni section, an Alumni Admission Ambassador and a Mentor a Miner volunteer. As members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, Ranney and his wife, Linda, are loyal university supporters. They have three children and six grandchildren, and live in Houston, Texas.

With more than 30 years of experience as a civil engineer in the oil and gas industry, Michael J. McEvilly has led deepwater development projects from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska. He presently serves as project director for the Hess Corporation’s Tubular Bells deepwater development off the coast of Louisiana, and previously served as senior executive vice president for Spitzer Industries, vice president of capital projects at Helix Energy Solutions and in many leadership positions during 22 years with Anadarko Petroleum. A member of the Academy of Civil Engineers, Academy of Engineering Management and Miner Alumni Association Board of Directors, Mike continues to give back to Missouri S&T. He also serves on the Vision 2020 strategic planning committee for the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Mike and his wife Mary Ellen, EMgt’81, are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh. They have two children and two grandchildren and live in Spring, Texas.

The Academy of Civil Engineers has provided the Department of Civil Engineering with professional guidance, industry expertise and financial support since its founding in 1972. To date, the members of the Academy have contributed more than $21 million to university programs and initiatives.
Now, through the Endowed Scholarship for Civil Engineering established by Ranney McDonough, Mike McEvilly and the Academy of Civil Engineers, the leaders of tomorrow will have the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams at Missouri S&T.