Michael Mulvihill ’60, A 40-Year Legacy of Guiding Students

Michael Mulvihill’s passion for teaching allowed the civil engineering professor to build a 40-year legacy of educating students and preparing them for careers. “The best part about teaching is the interaction with students,” said Mulvihill, “to help people realize what their potential is and to be an influence in their development.” Mulvihill earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from then Loyola University in 1960. He earned his master’s degree in 1963 and Ph.D. in 1973 from UCLA. He is a registered professional engineer and an expert at designing flood control systems. Mulvihill worked six years for the Los Angeles District of the Army Corps of Engineers, but when the opportunity arose to return to Loyola Marymount University to teach, he took it. “My experience at LMU is what brought me back to teach here,” explained Mulvihill. “A Jesuit university encourages people to be the best that they can be and to do service for others.” Mulvihill’s legacy includes students who have become successful chief engineers and consultants for national and international organizations. Although Mulvihill retired in 2006, he remains active in the LMU community in various ways. “I bleed crimson,” he said.